Leah Hughes

Hughes writes from her family farm in Jackson Creek, a rural community in Randolph County. She has a degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hughes’s work has appeared in Our State, the News & Record, Business North Carolina, Winston-Salem Monthly, Lake Norman Magazine, Epicurean Charlotte, Carolina Country and other local publications.

Features

The Kids Are All Right

The most popular club at some North Carolina high schools is nearly a century old, but it’s as relevant as ever. Energized and optimistic, members of the Future Farmers of America are shaping the state’s agricultural path forward — not just in fields, but in labs and offices, too.

December 2013

Making the Cut: North Carolina Christmas Trees

Fraser firs may be the big tree on campus at lots across the state, but on Down East cut-your-own farms, cedar, cypress, and pine are the trees that growers vote most likely to succeed.

History

The History Of Ice In Wilmington

Once people had their first taste of cold drinks in Wilmington in the late 1800s, they couldn’t forget that refreshing coolness, and the ice industry was born. Today, only a fraction of it lingers in the Port City.

June 2013

Maypop

This native vine, with intricate flowers and pods that pop, grows in every county in the state.

Central

The Story of Your Steak

Perhaps the most important part of the dining experience — the middle step — is the least recognized. The invisible men and women who care for our food before it reaches the restaurant are largely forgotten. For nearly 60 years, Southern Foods in Greensboro has been delivering the best meats, cheeses, and chocolates. And we never knew.

April 2013

Sweet Shrub

The smell is only the start of this plant’s story.

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