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.