• The Nichols

    This past summer, Suzy Phillips and Jim Smith visited Nick and Susan Nichols at Highlander Farm, where they raise chickens for eggs and meat, and lambs . Here are the thoughts that Jim took away from their excursion: “As we talked, it became apparent to me that this was not your usual farm couple, or …

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  • Lester and Marietta Crayton

    “People talk about Thanksgiving. Well, I have it all the time.” ┬áLester Crayton 70 years– that’s how long Lester and Marietta Crayton have been married. They are both in their nineties and live at home in the Oakley community in Asheville, surrounded by a neighborhood that used to be Lester’s family’s farmland. As houses have …

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  • Rose Clark

    Franklin, NC Rose Clark loves to fish. She keeps a garden, from which she put up 21 quarts of canned beans this past year. And she often host dinners, where 18 family members and friends dine at her table… Rose is 102 years old. I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with Rose in …

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  • Nan and Earle Wise

    Nan and Earle Wise of Marshall both grew up in families with nine children. Their stories of growing and preparing food for families that large are interesting and poignant. Earle made a career in farming as the Agriculture Extension Director in Madison County. He saw the rise and fall of Big Burley as well as …

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