A little town in the center of North Carolina reminds our editor in chief that what makes a place memorable is the soul and the heart you find inside.
We Live Here
by Katie King
In its parks and its art, its food and its beer, this former tobacco hub embodies the spirit of local.
by Kaia Findlay
On their lavender farm in Orange County, one couple shares the scent of southern France with those in search of a little peace and relaxation.
by Ayla Samli
A shared “front lawn” downtown provides a space for community and collaboration, fun and friendship, among people from all walks of life.
by C.A. Carlson
At a gallery in Mitchell County, an artistic couple showcases fine ceramics that are made to be admired and used.
by Lynn Wells
A pig pickin’ must have barbecue; that’s a given. But what’s a cookout without an array of tasty sides? We’ve got a few for your table.
Don’t let the name fool you: When it comes to pairing sips and savories, Old North State Winery offers so much more than cheese and crackers.
Words to Live By
Writers in Hillsborough keep their friendships close — and their adored, clickety-clackety story machines even closer.
The tobacco fields and church pews of an eastern North Carolina childhood taught an acclaimed haiku poet how to see, feel, and hear the landscape — one syllable at a time.
Farm Sweet Farm
Eight seconds aboard a bucking bronco? Only the boldest riders would dare try it. At the longest-running rodeo in North Carolina, cowboy culture hangs on.
A trained engineer with a love of farming found his calling in rolling green hills and a herd of white, French cows.
by Drew Perry
On this Rockingham County farm — past the barn and beyond the pasture — a herd of pigs roots and runs in the forest. Far from feral, these animals are being raised for restaurants and grills. But until then, they — and the couple who runs the sustainable farm — are living their best lives.
by Katie King
Each year, nearly 600 chickens (and their proud owners) flock to the Rowan County Fairgrounds to compete for the heady title of Old English Game Bantam Champion of the World. When global poultry dominance is at stake, it’s hard not to ruffle a few feathers.
On a typical sheep, one year of fleece growth will yield three sweaters. But there are precious few shearers to tend all of the flocks in North Carolina. For the last traveling shearers, an age-old trade has become a kind of modern artistry.
by Leah Hughes
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.
by Aaron Reuben
A community farm in Chapel Hill grows more than okra, bitter melons, and Thai chilies. New lives spring from these red-clay rows.
by Drew Perry
The ingredients for the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast: a big bloom, a little mess, and a lot of love.
Amid the rise of autos and airplanes, a Wilmington-based railroad company struggles to hold on, supported by passionate advocates until the last passenger train leaves the station.
From dragon boat races to local farmers markets, your curated monthly guide to events across North Carolina.