NC Christmas Trees 2022 Near Me

NC & Raleigh Christmas TreesNorth Carolina: Christmas Tree Capital!

An astounding 850 growers across each of North Carolina’s 100 counties harvest between 5 and 6 million Christmas trees annually, shipping them to Christmas tree lots and other vendors nationwide to sell over a brief six-week period prior to the holidays. Bringing in an estimated $90 million in revenue annually, the state’s Christmas tree industry is second in size only to Oregon’s and is responsible for supplying more than 20% of the Christmas trees sold throughout the country. 

Queen of the Forest: The Fraser Fir

The jewel in the crown of North Carolina’s Christmas tree industry is the elegant Fraser fir. Popular for its ideal symmetrical shape, magnificent fragrance and firm needles that don’t drop as quickly as those of other species, the Fraser fir is grown primarily for the commercial market, as millions of the tree are shipped throughout the nation. Native to the Appalachian Mountains, the tree grows best in a climate that is cool and moist, but at a slower pace than many other trees; a fully mature tree will take between seven and ten years to reach a height of 6-7 feet. Over 90% of the Christmas trees grown in the state are Fraser fir, making it not only the most abundant tree but also, according to many, the most iconic Christmas tree on the market.

Other trees grown throughout the state include the pretty Leyland cypress, grown primarily along the coast and in the Piedmont region; the Easter white pine with its long, soft, feathery needles and delicate branches; the Arizona cypress, with soft, pale to grayish-green needles and a scent that is more citrusy that other trees; and the dense, aromatic “Green Giant,” with a vibrant green color and pleasing pyramid shape.

History of the Christmas Tree 

Throughout history, various civilizations have used symbols of nature in their homes during ceremonies or as cultural symbols. Romans decorated their environment with evergreen boughs as the winter solstice approached, symbolizing a new growing season to come. Ancient Egyptians also used greens during the winter solstice period, using green palm rushes, which symbolized the triumph of life over death in their celebrations of Ra, the Sun God. German Protestant Christians first brought trees into their houses and decorated them with candles in the 16th century; this was also the period during which the first “Tannenbaum” songs were composed. Emigrants from Germany, it is widely believed, were responsible for bringing the tradition with them to the New World – to America – in the mid-1800s.

The tradition of having a live, decorated tree in the house was not adopted overnight in places like New England, where there was a large Puritan population that considered the practice pagan. During the 19th century, however, the tradition of a holiday tree grew in places like northern Europe and became popular in the U.S. as the number of Germany and Irish immigrants grew and Christmas ornaments from those areas started to be imported. In the early 1900s most tree decorations consisted of homemade ornaments, strings of popcorn, nuts and berries, and other handmade decorations including apples, nuts and cookies. Town squares began featuring their own trees, and soon the Christmas tree became commonplace in many American homes.

The White House Tradition

In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison was the first President to put up a Christmas tree in the White House: a tradition that has continued until today. In 1929, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was the first to decorate the tree, and starting in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy chose a theme for the tree – Nutcracker Suite – for the first time ever. In 1966 the delivery of the tree started being a bit more celebratory, with the tree being delivered to the North Portico of the White House on a carriage drawn by jingle bell-wearing horses.

Since 1961, a total of 14 trees from North Carolina have decorated the White House – the greatest number of trees from any one state. The first North Carolina tree to grace the White House’s Blue Room was in 1961, and the most recent in 2021, when Ashe County’s Peak Tree Farm furnished a massive 20-foot Fraser fir … for the third time (2008, 2012)! 

This year, the U.S. Capitol tree is also from North Carolina. A 78-foot red spruce named “Ruby” was harvested in the Pisgah National Forest and will be placed on the Capitol lawn. Following another tradition that started in the early 1960s, the selection of the “People’s Tree” differs from the White House tree in that it is always supplied from a different national forest, by the U.S. Forest Service.

A Total Holiday Experience      

There are a number of Christmas tree farms across North Carolina that offer visitors opportunities to spend an afternoon shopping, enjoying wagon rides, music or special holiday foods, or simply spending time roaming amongst acres of stunning, stately trees. 

  • Topton’s Fir Heaven Sake Christmas Tree Farmoffers cut and live trees as well as scenic sleigh rides with Santa, kids’ activities, and a gift shop full of locally sourced and produced items.
  • The Smoky Mountain Tree Farmin beautiful Waynesville, NC not only sells Fraser Fir trees, garlands and wreaths but operates a newly opened Christmas tree vacation cabin rental in the middle of the farm. 
  • The Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm, in Apex, offers hayrides, a bounce house for the kids, gift shop, concessions stand with apple cider, hot chocolate and more, and wreaths and garlands created on-site.
  • Kids will enjoy climbing aboard a bright red caboose or visiting a family of some very photogenic miniature donkeys while their parents sip on a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at Glenville’s Bear Valley Farm. The farm’s Fraser firs, grown in one of the most beautiful spots of the Great Smokey Mountains, will be available until the farm has reached its maximum of 1,800 trees sold for the year, so it’s best to call before you visit.

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Oilseed Farming in the U.S.

Oilseed Farming in the U.S.

Natures CropsRapeseed Flowers

A few of the so-called “big ideas” of the past decade or so have included health and nutrition trends – keto/paleo diets, farm-to-table dining, intermittent fasting and “clean” eating, for instance – and climate change, which has become an even hotter topic as we have continued to place more and more needs on our evolving planet. Another area of growing interest is sustainable, regenerative crop production, which is tied into global warming and a variety of environmental, economic and social issues as our planet gets warmer and warmer.

The oilseed industry, based on the cultivation of a number of crops grown for their edible oil (extracted from the seed of a plant rather than the plant itself, however) is one area that is well worth taking a look at from all perspectives.

What is Oilseed?

Oilseed is a seed or a crop grown commercially, mainly for the oil it produces. Oilseed crops such as sunflowers, cottonseed or rapeseed contain an amount of oil – 20% for soybeans, for instance, and over 40% for sunflowers – that make them ideal for oil production. The oils that are extracted are used for both edible and industrial purposes.

How Oilseed Oils Are Used

The most common use for oils extracted from oilseeds are, of course, in cooking and enhancing the taste of foods for both humans and livestock. However, certain oilseeds are also used in renewable fuels, and as ingredients in paints, pharmaceuticals, cleaners, printing inks and plastics. Rapeseed and soybean oils were the first types of seed oil used in the production of biodiesel, and they remain so until today; the process of extracting oil from rapeseed or soybeans – what are known as biodiesel feedstocks – through chemical extraction creates an eco-friendly fuel that is valued for its low impact to the environment.

Cold-Pressed Vs. Refined Oil Extraction

There is more than one process of extracting oil from oilseeds, including the centuries-old process of crushing raw seeds and slowly pressing them under a low temperature (120 degrees Fahrenheit or less) in a machine such as an oilseed press. Cold-pressed oils tend to be rich in oleic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants, as this method is free from the use of chemicals. Cold-pressed oils have a low smoke point, meaning they are more suited to salad dressings and other food items than cooking.

Oilseeds going through a refined process of oil extraction, on the other hand, are crushed, mixed with a liquid solvent, and then heated in a step that dissolves the solvent. Although these oils are virtually free from impurities, they are refined to such a degree that many of the health benefits – vitamins, etc. – are lost. Some refined oils go through another entire process of hydrogenation which gives them a longer shelf life, but the trans-fats that develop during this process can be hazardous to the health.   

Important Oil Seed Crops

In the U.S., the largest oilseed crops are rapeseed, canola, peanuts, soybeans, sunflower and cottonseed; soybeans make up the lion’s share of this production.

  • Soybeans account for about 90% of the nation’s oilseed output. Soybean oil has been shown to boost health in a variety of ways, including lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, improving bone health and improving heart health.
  • Originally harvested as a food crop during the colonial years of the U.S., peanuts (or groundnuts, in some parts of the world) became an important oilseed crop in the early 1900s when it was demonstrated that it might be able to fuel a diesel engine. Some of peanut oil’s more important health benefits include a high degree of unsaturated (good) fats and heart-healthy antioxidants such as vitamin E.
  • Sunflower seed oil has a higher smoking point than vegetable oils, meaning it’s ideal for frying foods, and is an excellent ingredient in various skin care products as an emollient. As it is low in saturated fat and higher in oleic and linoleic acids, it is considered a relatively healthy oil, although it does contain omega-6 fatty acids, which can be harmful.
  • Cottonseed is similar to the sunflower seed in that the seed itself is surrounded by a hard outer hull. The smoke point of the cottonseed is fairly high, which means the oil is perfect for frying, but the oil is also used in some products as a remedy for skin conditions and in a variety of insecticides, cosmetics and detergents.
  • The rapeseed plant, a yellow flowering plant belonging to the Brassica plant family – the same family as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and mustard – produces a very pure oil out tiny pods (a tenth of a millimeter in diameter!) containing about 45% oil. Rapeseed oil is often used in industrial applications.
  • Although canola and rapeseed are often thought to be the same, they are not. Canola is a genetically modified version of the rapeseed plant that lacks potentially harmful glucosinolates and erucic acid. Most vegetable oil we use for cooking is canola oil because of its mild, light taste, but it is also used in food products such as crackers and chips and in the production of biodiesel. The solid parts of the seed are often ground into canola meal, which is used in animal feed. Canola is another oil that is full of healthy, monounsaturated fats. It also lowers cholesterol and can be used to relieve inflammation.  

Natures Crops International

One locally based grower of oilseed crops and producer of specialty oils is Natures Crops International, a company dedicated to growing oilseed crops worldwide in the healthiest, most sustainable environments possible. Using a mechanical cold-press method to process those oils, and in small batches that ensure freshness, the company also uses the co-products to increase soil fertility and for other purposes sustainable purposes.

Beyond leaving no negative impact on the environment, the processes used by Natures Crops are regenerative, meaning they focus on the health of the entire ecosystem rather than the crop itself. Water management guidelines are followed, as are certain practices to protect the soil from erosion and any sort of chemical impact and to create habitats for pollinators, earthworms and enriching soil microorganisms.

Find out more about Natures Crops International here, including how the company’s 100% plant-based specialty oils are used in health and beauty products of the highest purity and functionality from the most exceptional crops.

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Fall Planting for Spring Growth

Fall Planting for Spring GrowthAutumn is the perfect time of year to prepare your yard for winter hibernation, and to plant almost anything from bulbs to bushes and trees to winter vegetables. Lower humidity and shorter days mean less energy is needed to fend off plant disease and plant-feeding insects, but also, the warm soil, fewer hours of daylight and cooler temperatures of fall are critical in a plant’s growing cycle in that they trigger the plant to develop stronger, deeper roots and to stop creating new stems and leaves.

Autumn Lawn Maintenance

There are dozens of simple-to-apply fall lawn treatment products on the market. Some of these products, when applied in early fall, encourage the growth of grassroots that may have suffered over the hot summer season and kill stubborn weeds like dandelion and clover. Others, used later in the season, are useful for breaking down organic materials like dead leaves and for feeding the grass to store energy in preparation for spring growth.

Other products contain fall seeding grass and are designed to help fill in bare spots or thicken lawns that, once again, may have been damaged over the summer. Fall, in fact, is the best season of the year to apply seed, because the air is cool but soil still warm, which, once again, encourages healthy root growth.

Weeds, too, go through growing cycles, although just a few cold season varieties continue to germinate into the fall. Plants benefit with fewer weeds in their midst since they don’t have to compete for soil nutrients and water. Weed killer applied to a lawn in the fall will travel more directly to the weeds’ roots, killing them effectively underground. A layer of mulch, too – a couple of inches in shady areas, but 3-4 around trees and other plants – is very efficient at discouraging weed growth.  

The Right Time to Plant a Tree or a Shrub

The ideal combination of cooler temperatures, shorter days and warm soil is ideal for planting evergreens or deciduous trees and bushes in the fall, too. Spring-blooming perennial shrubs – those that will grow for more than one season – are also ideally planted in autumn, at least six weeks before the first frost is likely to occur. A newly planted tree or shrub will have an easier time developing strong roots in preparation for winter hibernation with fewer insects, weeds and damaging heat to contend with.

A tree’s roots will continue to strengthen and grow until the temperature of the soil drops below 40F degrees. It is always important to make sure the tree is planted in a location with good drainage, that it receives proper watering and that the soil around the plant is covered with a substantial layer of mulch. The mulch should entirely cover the ground surrounding the tree trunk but not get piled up directly against it in order to prevent a damaging condition called root rot.

Bulbs and Wildflowers

Fall is also the ideal time for planting flower bulbs – daffodils, tulips, crocus, lilies and more – ahead of the cooler winter months. By planting in autumn, strong roots are formed, and the bulbs are able to experience a “cold period” – a necessary part of their growing process – which will ensure they actually flower. Bulbs should be planted in October or November in areas of full sunlight and insulated with a layer of mulch.

Wildflowers, too, which release their seeds in the fall, are able to germinate in time for spring growth as they are spread in the autumn by animals or by the wind. Planting wildflower seeds is most successful in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight where they are not crowded by other plants, are not overly watered and are not covered with too much soil, if any at all. In our warm climate of North Carolina, planting should take place at least 60 days prior to the first frost.

Vegetables

Vegetables that prefer cooler weather for growing – broccoli, kale and romaine lettuce, for instance – are typically planted no later than August, but others such as carrots, radishes, leeks, cauliflower, green peas and all root vegetables do well when planted further into the fall months. Some gardeners protect their winter vegetables against cold snaps by covering them with plastic or insulating blankets, but under typical growing conditions, winter vegetables may easily be grown and cultivated until close to the end of the year.

Herbs such as mint, oregano, sage and thyme that are planted through mid-fall will grow through most of the winter in our region. With full sunlight and well-drained soil – herbs also do well in raised beds – they will come back again year after year.

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Land for Sale in Chatham County

Chatham County 184 Acres on Walter Bright Road and 15-501

Prime Chatham County Land Tract with Road Frontage on Both Hwy 15-501 and Walter Bright Road! Close to both Pittsboro and Siler City, this is also Convenient to RTP, Chapel Hill, Apex and Southern Pines/Pinehurst! This Gorgeous Tract has Rolling Terrain and is Heavily Wooded with both Mature Pine and Hardwoods. Preliminary Soils Work Shows Limited Conventional Septic System Areas and Other Potential Surface Spray or Drip Irrigation Septic System Areas. Contact us for the Soils Report. Duke-Energy Easement in Place for Future Transmission Lines. Zoned R-1. $3,680,000 Parcel: 18437 Chatham County, NC 

Location: 0.7 mile North of the Deep River Bridge on US15/501 both sides of US15/501 and Walter Bright Road. The cleared ROW crossing US15/501 is along and inside the southern property boundary line. 

Utilities: Water, there is an 8-inch water-line along Walter Bright Road 

Gas: There is a natural gas distribution substation on the property, off Walter Bright Road 

Access: Road frontage on US 15/501 & Walter Bright Road 

2644′ Road Frontage on the East Side on 15-501, and 1386′ on the West Side

905′ Road Frontage on the East Side of Walter Bright Road and 1321′ on the West Side

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Jessie Bridges Road

Chatham County Executive Farm

Executive Farm for sale in Chatham CountyChatham Counties Finest Executive Farm! This unique property features a custom restored home, barns, lake cottages, full-scale shop, fenced pastures for animals and a NINE acre stocked lake! This one-of-a-kind Chatham County dream property sits on approximately 98 acres and is now used as a camp. 2326 & 2340 Jessie Bridges Road, Siler City, NC 27344! $3,450,000

FACILITIES: The 1920’s farm house was completely restored with multiple porches and offers scenic views from all windows! The custom Jessie Bridges Executive Homes for Sale Chatham County NC  gourmet chef’s kitchen features custom cabinets, Canadian Rock Maple floors, and hand-milled wainscoting with gas range. The whole house has Cat 5 & 6 wiring with individual controlled speakers in each room, security system with cameras, insulated crawl space, tankless water heater, 20Kw whole house Back-Up generator. There is also a 75,000 BTU Wood stove for cold winter days! 

The adjoining well house has a water purification system, additional washer & dryer hookups and outdoor shower. There is an additional deep water well for irrigation.

Wedding Venues Chatham CountyEVENT BARN: The huge 40’x80′ two-story insulated 1750 ft2 Event Barn with climate-controlled areas has amazing views of the grounds and lake. There are multiple access doors that lead to the large storage room and bays. There is a separate entry for the office and lounging areas and features a full kitchen, office, and finished 2nd floor with sleeping areas and 3 bathrooms! Separate inground propane tanks service the home and barns and there is oversized electrical to the farm with 220 amp service.

The recently built custom barn is a centerpiece and centrally located around multiple fenced areas for horses, cows, chickens, or any animals! The two-story structure is fully wired and stubbed out on the second floor for an office. There are septics permits and septic system in place for 5 more 2-bedroom dwellings. Additional county building permits will be required for additional structures so call for details. There are run-in-sheds for animals, chicken coup, pole barns and many other cool structures in place!

Chatham County Lake CabinThe 2 bedroom 2 bath lake cottage with private dock is a dream! The cottage was built from salvaged barn wood and offers the classic barn feel with amazing views of the lake! This cottage was permitted for both electrical and septic. Walk out to the private dock and catch 8-10lb bass or enjoy sunrises here that offer tranquility not found in many areas.

There are 2 additional lake cottages  with private docks, firepits and grills! This is a MUST SEE PROPERTY! Check back soon for video and more info! $3,450,000.

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IBMA Bluegrass Live! September 30 – October 1, 2022

IBMA Bluegrass Live! September 30 – October 1, 2022The spectacular 2022 IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival will take place in downtown Raleigh on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 as an in-person experience for the second year since the pandemic. With streets blocked off, an art market (Artsplosure) representing artisans from around the U.S., dance tent, beer garden, workshops, barbeque cook-off, food and beverage street vendors and activities including a 2-day exhibition of industry products, the festival will welcome as many as 200,000 attendees – potentially double the number who participated in 2021. A highlight of the 2022 IBMA calendar, the festival is a must-see event for Raleigh residents and bluegrass enthusiasts from across the globe. 

Legends and New Artists

As the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world, the event will feature ticketed and free performances by award-winning musicians – both bluegrass icons and talented, up-and-coming artists. Performances at the weekend mega musical event, which will take place at the Red Hat Amphitheater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh Convention Center and multiple other stages throughout downtown Raleigh, will start at 5 pm each afternoon and run for six hours into the evening.  A portion of the proceeds from each lineup will go to back the non-profit International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), whose goal it is to promote bluegrass music by connecting bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, and by supporting creativity within the bluegrass music community.

A Raleigh Tradition

IBMA Bluegrass This year, the festival – celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Raleigh area – promises to entertain crowds with some of the largest names in the bluegrass industry following several other notable industry events taking place earlier in the week including the IBMA 2022 Business Conference, Bluegrass Ramble, and IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards.  

The 2022 IBMA Bluegrass Ramble kicks off the week’s performances with three nights of music designed to showcase the newest of bluegrass talent across six Raleigh venues. Additional showcases – Youth Showcase, IBMA Songwriter Showcase, Bluegrass College Band Showcase and more – will support kids, instructors, international performers and industry professionals in various clubs and restaurants downtown.  

THE biggest night of the year in the bluegrass industry, the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, will take place on September 29th at the Duke Energy Center, with tickets ranging in price from $40 to $110. Honors will go to “Entertainer of the Year 2022” (nominees include Sister Sadie, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Billy Strings and the Del McCoury Band); Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Fiddle and Guitar Player of the Year; and Best Female / Male Vocalist of the Year.

Raleigh’s own PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) – a non-profit that focuses on preserving, presenting and promoting dancers and musicians who are Piedmont natives – will produce the show.  

Main Stage Acts

Friday, September 30 –

                        5 pm                Twisted Pine

                        6 pm                Balsam Range

                        7:05 pm           Peter Roan Bluegrass Band

                        8:10 pm           Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

                        9:30 pm          The Jerry Douglas Band with Special Guests

Saturday, October 1 –

                        5 pm                Della Mae

                        6 pm               The Dan Tyminski Band

                        7:05 pm           Dom Flemons & Schultz’s Dream

                        8:10 pm           Sierra Hull

                        9:30 pm          The Infamous Stringdusters

 

Live performances at the Come Hear NC Stage, City Plaza Youth Stage, Davie Street Stage, Martin Street J.A.M. Stage and Capitol Stage will feature traditional bluegrass artists and new acts featuring Southern gospel, junior musicians, string bands and quartets and more.  

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NC Hemp facility for Sale

Turn key Facility for Hemp – CBD Production and Organic Farming

Quinn Rd Farm Features 118 +/- acres with pond and 2 acre fenced compound with buildings with 4” well! 36 acres cleared with 6 fields with 3” irrigation lines, 65 acres cutover ready to be replanted with Henon bamboo, 15 acres wooded with pine and hardwoods, and 6 zones of irrigation from main pump/well all buried and automated.

Hemp Facility for SaleThe Quinn farm in Warsaw is a Family farm that has been farmed for traditional crops for many years. In 2019 the sellers started efforts to regenerate the property and rebuild the ecology and soil with cover crops and an organic approach to alternative crops.  The building compound is two acres of property with a fenced-in nursery area and two greenhouses, a 2000 sqft insulated metal building with central AC, full bath and laboratory. The first year grew 15 acres of hemp successfully and started a CBD company with full CO2 extraction and processing lab. The lab is capable of processing 10 pounds of hemp a day and the company has over 12 products and is still a growing business that is available to the purchaser of the farm as well. (Ask about a turn key price for the company website, consulting package, and farm equipment not included in the listing price).

The plans for the bamboo field will take 6-7 years to be completely grown and can be harvested in such a way as to be perpetual crop for 20 years( lumbers, shoots, teas, biochar et). The lavender field should mature in 2024 and the tea field in 2025. The other fields will have garlic (red white and elephant ear) and will plant sunflowers Hemp Processing NC and tulips and Goji berries in remaining fields. The greenhouses are heated and the polycarbonite 3000 sqft unit has full cooling wall, spray and drip irrigation. The smaller 2000 sq ft unit has raised benches and swamp coolers and fans with growing nursery plants and continued bamboo cultivation in both.  All built in building equipment is included with base price! Field equipment and tractor is available for purchase separately as well and sellers can provide consulting on any of the specialty crops. Current manager and workers and dedicated to the farm and would be willing to remain as they love their job and the mission!

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Included in base price:

42’x72’ poly greenhouse with gas heat full drip and misting systems with doser. Full cooling wall with two 48” exhaust fans.

24’x60’ greenhouse with 3 32’ raised benches exhaust fans and swamp cooler

40’ x 50’ Metal building with roll up door. Office with full bath and laboratory and warehouse space. 3 ton central heat and AC two large ionizing air systems with UV and hepa filtering.

40’ shipping container storage unit

Processing equipment in building (Not included in base price)

10L CO2 supercritical extractor with chiller. ( 2.5 pounds processed per run) tumbler / trimmer unit

STM grinder for hemp

STM cone maker with multiple trays/ sizes

5L short path distiller Roto evaporator with vac Buchner filter with pump Vacuum oven with vac 12 tray Dehydrator Gummy molds

Drying rack for gummys Multiple mixers

Multiple homogenizers for nano emulsion

Vape cartridge filler hand held type

Product and supplies

55 kg broad spectrum CBD crude 35 Full spectrum crude

1000 plus empty containers

CBD products with COAs and SOP’s for making more

Various bases terpenes, essential oils for product

Field Equipment for sale:

2018 Kubota tractor 75 HP 4WD with bucket and forks

CH wolf pro planter with drip and vinyl

6’ cultivator harrow

flat row shaper 4’ auger

seeder / spreader bush hog

4 gas powered weed eater two DS mower cutters Scag 42” mower

Various Hand tools for field and maintenance

Currently ½ acre one year lavender in field, tea, herbs, and 5000 bamboo plants to plant as timber crop in spring ‘23.

4000 one gallon pots 500 72 plug trays

500 24 plug trays

 

 

 

 

 


North Carolina’s Native American Legacy

Over 120,000 North Carolinians – or around 2% of the population – are Native American, belonging to eight recognized tribes. The impact these indigenous peoples have had on our culture has been substantial, from river, mountain and town names to increased recognition of cultural identity and human rights for the largest Native American population east of the Mississippi. Much can be learned about this segment of society by visiting any of a number of interesting sites and museums from the mountains to the coast.  

A Brief History

Native Americans first inhabited what is now North Carolina during the Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago, hunting and fishing with spears and living a largely nomadic life. As they started living in groups, moving each season as food became more or less available, they began developing a culture that included wearing clothing and jewelry for religious or other purposes, using plants as medicine, and creating tools such as the ‘atlatl’ (spear), fishhooks and axes.

From around 1,000 BC to about when Europeans started arriving in the mid-17th century, various groups, or tribes, began developing settlements where they would remain through certain hunting and growing seasons. As many as 100,000 Native Americans were inhabiting the area by the time the first Spanish explorers arrived in the mid-1600s. As they began interacting with other tribes throughout the North Carolina/South Carolina region and with more European settlers, battles took place and disease, slavery and the destruction of native settlements caused a decline in these populations.

Today, any individual who is interested in becoming a recognized member of a specific tribe must follow certain guidelines which include being able to produce a certificate from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) detailing their blood background. The process is not always easy as family tribal records are often incomplete, but as use of the Internet has exploded, genealogical records have also become more available, making the process much easier.  

Destinations: Celebrating Native American Culture

Cherokee, North Carolina. Western North Carolina is home to the town of Cherokee, the capital of the only Cherokee tribe recognized in North Carolina – the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Considered a sovereign nation, Cherokee is a tourist destination known for its close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway; the dramatic nighttime outdoor drama “Unto These Hills”; Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort; and outstanding hunting, fishing and other local sports such as tubing and hiking. The Oconaluftee Indian Village gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in 1760s Cherokee through cultural dances and interactions with villagers performing everyday activities such as sculpting, basket weaving and beading.

Town Creek Indian Mound. Located outside of Mount Gilead in central North Carolina, the Town Creek Indian Mound is a prehistoric archaeological site where the Pee Dee culture established a ceremonial center overlooking the intersection of Town Creek and Little River. Religious ceremonies and feasts took place here, and many notable tribal members died and were buried here, too. Excavations at the site have been taking place since 1937, and today the site remains the only one in the state to be dedicated to Native American heritage.

The Lost Colony / Manteo, NC. The focus of the outstanding “Lost Colony Experience” outdoor show is what may have happened to the 117 men, women and children who so mysteriously disappeared from one of the first North American settlements, on Roanoke Island. One hypothesis speculates that the group may have moved inland from shore, perhaps out of desperation due to hunger or disease, and become absorbed into one of the many native American tribes in the area at the time: the Pamlico, Cape Fear, Chowanoke, Roanoke, Coree or Machupunga. Other theories exist based on the word “Croatan” carved into a post of the deserted area which suggest that the colonists may have been killed or abducted by that tribe.

A Lost Colony pre-show performance by native American cast members entertains the audience with stories, singing and dancing reflective of tribal culture unique to this geographical region and period.

North Carolina’s Native American Legacy 2North Carolina Pow Wows. A pow wow is a gathering of tribal members who assemble to socialize and celebrate ancestors and culture through a tradition of rich storytelling. The singing and dancing that takes place during one of these sacred events is extremely important, as are the traditional outfits worn by the participants. Beginning with the Grand Entry through the commemoration of native ancestors and rounds of dances and singing, the pow wow typically ends up as an occasion where all visitors participate by dancing to the beat of the tribal drummer. A couple of the more well-known North Carolina pow wows include the Guilford Native American Association Annual Pow Wow, happening this year September 16-18 in Greensboro, and the Onslow Veterans Pow Wow 2022, taking place November 5-6 in Jacksonville.

Some of the many spiritually significant locations for Native Americans in North Carolina include these two mountain landmarks.

  • The 6,400-foot Richland-Balsam, the highest mountain in North Carolina’s Great Balsam range, has been sacred to the Blackfoot Indians throughout history as a meeting place. The site has been the focus of many who still visit the area wishing to experience visions following fasting and prayer.
  • Pilot Mountain, one of the most recognized landforms in the state, is sacred to the Cherokee, who believe that a secret underground society called the Mountain People exists with mysterious inhabitants who can only occasionally be seen or contacted by the outside world.

Museums and Galleries

  • Hatteras Island’s Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center offers North Carolina tribal artifacts, a Natural History Center, and an authentic dance circle under the trees.
  • Cullowhee’s Mountain Heritage Center is all about the cultural and natural history of the tribe in western North Carolina and the southern Appalachians.
  • The Museum of the Southeast American Indian, located on the campus of UNC Pembroke, displays the fine arts, artifacts and more of southeastern Native tribal cultures.
  • View one of the world’s largest private collections of Native American artifacts at Blowing Rock’s Native American Artifacts Museum.

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Late Summer Sportfishing: The Outer Banks’ Best

Late Summer Sportfishing: The Outer Banks’ Best

As if any of us needed an extra incentive to visit the Carolina coastline over the spectacular summer months, the next several weeks are considered by many to be the best time of year to go saltwater fishing for game fish such as Billfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Yellowfin. Many prime spots along the Outer Banks are at their peak in late summer and early fall, when temperatures in the warm waters of the Gulfstream, about 20 miles offshore, reach their peak. A number of charter fleets in Ocracoke, Hatteras, Nags Head, Manteo, Kitty Hawk and Duck offer fishing adventures that will let you experience the thrill of catching your own big fish in some of the world’s richest waters.

Yellowfin Tuna

Bluefin, Blackfin and Yellowfin tuna are all abundant off North Carolina’s coast, but at this time of year, the Yellowfin is most active. Often found along the coastline of Hatteras and Nags Head, Yellowfin travel in schools, even with similarly sized fish of other species. Fighting aggressively if exposed to prey such as Ballyhoo, Mackerel, Squid or Sardines, these schools of Yellowfin – numbering into the hundreds, or even thousands – move from one area to another based on the availability of food and the water temperature. Typically weighing up to 100 pounds and sometimes a great deal more than that, the torpedo-shaped Yellowfin is silver on its underside but has both a dorsal fin and a line above that are both – as the name implies – bright yellow.

North Carolina’s charter fishing industry focuses heavily on Yellowfin Tuna; in fact, there is more Yellowfin caught off North Carolina’s coastline – Hatteras and the Outer Banks – that than in any other state!

Wahoo

If your goal as a sport fisherman is to enjoy the hunt for the fish just as much as the catch, the Wahoo – a large, fast and beautiful fish with distinctive vertical stripes – will give you a thrill as you chase it through the waters off the Carolina coast. Wahoo, too, can be fished at any time of the year, but the best season to find Wahoo is typically late summer through September and even into early October. With a set of extremely sharp teeth and habit of feeding off crustaceans, Squid, and Mackerel, the Wahoo is considered a voracious predator and is classified as a pelagic fish, meaning it tends to prefer inhabiting open water, only coming to the surface in order to feed. As opposed to other members of the Mackerel family, whose flesh is oily and slightly stronger tasting, the highly valued meat of the Wahoo is sweet and dense with a delicate flavor.

The best areas to find these powerful fish are in the deep Gulfstream waters along North Carolina’s central coastline – the Crystal Coast – while the best method of catching them is trolling for them at a high speed, with bait mimicking the movements of prey. Unlike the Yellowfin, Wahoo are solitary fish and can often be found in very calm waters.

Mahi Mahi

The dolphin fish, or Mahi Mahi, is plentiful year-round, but the best time to fish for it is when waters off the Carolina coast are at their warmest, through the month of August. Found primarily in deeper Gulfstream waters, the colorful Mahi Mahi travels in schools, but often closer to shore, and closer to the surface of the water than either Wahoo or Tuna. The best method of fishing for Mahi Mahi is by slowly trolling live bait such as Ballyhoo or minnows – the diet of the Mahi Mahi is primarily smaller fish – which makes fishing for Mahi Mahi ideal for fishing by families. Mahi Mahi can be aggressive, however, biting at almost any bait, alive or dead, that is dangled in front of them, and making spectacular, unpredictable jumps into the air that make fishing for them a thrilling experience.

The Mahi Mahi’s distinctive look includes vivid yellow, gold and blue coloring, a long dorsal fin from head to tail and a squared-off looking head. Some compare the mild and slightly sweet taste of Mahi Mahi to that of Cod or Halibut. 

Billfish

The Outer Banks are considered by many to be the Billfish capital of the world. Some of the largest fish in our oceans, Billfish – including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish – feed off of crustaceans and smaller fish, and are characterized by their long, bony bills that they use to hunt prey, especially in schools. The best time to fish for these powerful fish is also August and September.

The process of catching such a large fish requires more than the simple effort of one lone angler, and typically includes setting up a number of poles at the back of the fishing boat with live, dead or artificial bait trailing along behind, luring the fish. The meat of the Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish is only considered fair, as they are primarily trophy fish.

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