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 houses that sent tomatoes all over the country. Nan was a 4H leader, Square Dance Coach and substitute teacher. Her experience in canning and preserving food comes across as second nature as heard in her quip to her daughter, Maria Wise, “well if you can read you can ‘can’”.
The Wises were interviewed in their home in Marshall, NC on Father’s Day 2012 by their daughter Maria.
-By Maria Wise
Click on the links below to hear excerpts from Nan and Earle’s interview.
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.