NC 101: The Tractor Factor

When farmers hoist themselves up into the seat of a tractor, they nurture a connection between a piece of land and a way of life. Nobody knows this better than North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, who has a deep appreciation for the machine that changed the landscape of our state.

The Seed Saver

A passion for indigenous grasses and wildflowers turned a ninth-generation farmer into a steward of seeds. On a ramble down to Johnston County, our roving writer learns how Don Lee is helping restore native landscapes across the South.

Peanuts! Get Your Peanuts!

Boiled, brittled, or bagged at the ballpark, there’s a peanut for practically every time and place. We’re proud that so many of them come from eastern North Carolina — ranked fifth in the nation for peanut production — where a whole lot of legumes find purchase in our sandy soil.