Pics of the Week From the NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program

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7/16/21 – Our team is very busy in mid-July with research projects scattered across the state from as far west as Waynesville to as far east as Pittsboro. Here are a few of the beautiful photos our staff have shared from the past two weeks that show off our work and the beauty of the places and plants we work with.

balloon flower blooms

Chinese bellflower, also known as balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus). Growing in our Chinese herb gardens in Mills River. Known as Jie Geng, the dried roots are used. Main actions are for the lungs. Photo by Patrick French.

hop cones

Hop cones in the hop breeding program led by Dr. Luping Qu. This is from one of the breeding hop yards in Mills River. Photo by Patrick French

broccoli head

Margaret called this “Best in Show”. This beautiful head of broccoli was harvested from our Eastern Broccoli Project trials in Waynesville. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.

milky oats in field

Acres of milky oats ready for harvest in the certified organic unit on the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.

fiber hemp in the field

Our fiber hemp was hip high last week in the variety trial in Waynesville. Katie reports it is shoulder high this week! Photo by Katie Learn.

woman in fiber hemp field

Last week Margaret visited the fiber hemp variety trials that Dr. Suchoff is conducting at the Piedmont Research Station. Think ours in the mountains will catch up to these?

floral hemp growing on raised beds with white plastic mulch

We have a floral hemp variety trial and a planting date x harvest date study at the research station in Mills River. We will also be doing a hemp drying study using the two big dryers you can see in the background. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.