Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville started a new program called Appalachian Journeys in 2014. This is a look back at their first year’s project in partnership with Appalachian Food Storybank. We are so thrilled and impressed with the high quality, narratives, and fun, which are apparent in the following clips.
Published on Nov 19, 2014
Snippets from Evergreen 8th graders’ interviews for the Appalachian Food Storybank Project.
Evergreen and the Appalachian Food Storybank (AFS) collaborated to create a new focus for the narrative of this expedition. Strong Environmental Education and technology elements were added to the original Appalachian Journey curriculum, and the new narrative emerged. Guided by AFS Director Susannah Gebhart, we focused our learning around recording oral histories that specifically included elements of Appalachian mountain food traditions. Students received the AFS training for conducting oral history interviews and launched a nomination process, which sought community members who had stories to share. Students conducted, recorded, and edited these interviews, which will be shared with the contributing families, AFS, and the local cultural archives.
Bill Best is director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in Berea, Kentucky. Best saves seeds grown and cherished by Appalachian families, helping to preserve mountain culture and biodiversity. He
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.