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 farm.
“The Nichols had
“People talk about Thanksgiving. Well, I have it all the time.” Lester 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 been
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 her home, along
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 tomato
“Time and modern life have wrought change everywhere, but surely nowhere more than in the Appalachians. The culture has been destroyed. I was born in 1937 and raised in the old ways and the old countryside. On the horizons were mountains unsullied by houses teetering on their slopes. Dirt roads, hillside pastures, woods, fields of
The Appalachian Food Storybank seeks to acknowledge, honor, and archive Appalachian heritage food stories in order to preserve diverse local traditions, natural resources, heirloom varieties and breeds.