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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Homegrown & Handmade

Posted August 1, 2007 7:43 a.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2007 8:55 a.m. EDT

Thank you, Joe Newberry! Thank you for the CD and the information. Joe is a wonderful singer and banjo picker. He also works with the NC Department of Cultural Resources and he knows the backroads of North Carolina as well as anyone.

Joe stopped by WRAL to tell me about the Homegrown & Handmade campaign. Have you heard about it? If so let me know what you think.

Homegrown & Handmade is a joint effort by the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension service. Members have crafted a series of trips and trails in the Piedmont, Foothills and Coast featuring unique farms and artists. Many of these places are off the beaten path of tourism.

I love the names of the trails. They include "Hushpuppies, Pimento Cheese & Sweet Tea" which runs through Caswell, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties. Other nifty names include "Potters' Wheels and Organic Fields," "Burning Rubber & Riding the Rails," and "Foothills, Vineyards & Old Time Music."

You can check out the website at http://www.homegrownhandmade.com/Default.htm

We will be featuring some of these trails in our new multi media project which you have helped name. We will announce the winner of the name contest tomorrow.