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North Carolina Specialty Crops Program Newsletters

Editor: Tammy Baysden, NCSCP Program Assistant
Cunningham Research Station, 202 Cunningham Road, Kinston, NC 28501

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Specialty Crops are new crops that have not been commerically grown in a particular region. The program newsletters provide information for growers and others interested in these new crops. Each issue includes interesting stories, helpful information, or research reports, such as:

  • Featured Farmer
  • Current Extension and Research Projects
  • In the News
  • Upcoming Field Days and Conferences
  • The Marketing Perspective
  • Timely Articles from the press and extension
  • Tasty recipes
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November 2008 Specialty Crops Newsletter

Featured Specialty Crops
Program Farmer

Donna & Bill Makuch
The Specialty Farmer, Inc.
Waxhaw, NC

Donna and Bill Makuch

The Specialty Farmer, Inc., follows a diversified production strategy and currently grows approximately 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Also included in this issue are reports on the Pumpkin and Gourd Field Day held at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC, and a project in Richmond County.


September 2008 Specialty Crops Newsletter

Carolina Research Improving Niche Vegetables

Moving vegetables from east to west was once a pipedream for North Carolina vegetable growers. It's still not common, but thanks to innovative research and marketing efforts from the NC Specialty Crops Program housed at the Cunningham Research Farm in Kinston, N.C., the improbable is beginning to happen.

The Specialty Crops Program is a unique cooperative project among the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, North Carolina State University and local growers.



August 2008 Specialty Crops Newsletter

Featured Specialty Crops Program Farmer

Fresh-Pik Produce Inc.
Wilson, NC


The Specialty Crops Program (SCP) newsletter will be featuring farmers that the program has helped over the years. This month we traveled to Wilson, NC to talk with James Sharp of Fresh-Pik Produce Inc.


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July 2008 Specialty Crops Newsletter

Lettuce Adds Diversity at Market


Loyd Lewis is a great example of a farmers' market vendor. He grows a quality product and does a good job of marketing at several outlets. These include a stand at his home in Fallston, NC, the Lincoln County Farmers Market in Lincolnton, and the new Foothills Farmers Market in Shelby.




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Updated October 30, 2009