Through the North Carolina Specialty Crops Program, a collaboration of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Marketing Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina Cooperative Extension is teaching growers how to produce and sell crops ranging from exotic purple potatoes to lettuce, specialty melons and medicinal herbs. Growers who produce these high-value crops are able to diversify and develop new income sources.
North Carolina’s cut flower industry had a wholesale value of over $254 million (as reported by the NC Department of Agriculture). In response to customer demand, a growing segment of those farmers are MORE »– from Gardening
80% of the cut flowers sold in this country come from outside the US. Its an industry that has a world wide value estimated at over $40 billion. NC State Extension Master Gardener MORE »– from Gardening