This event is a celebration of a research project about heritage foods and farming practices in Madison County undertaken by a Mars Hill University professor and student in collaboration with MHU’s Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, MHU’s Center for Community Engagement, and the Appalachian Barn Alliance.
Guests will take a virtual farm tour with MHU Professor Ethan Mannon. Director of the Southern Appalachian Archives Karen Paar will share resources for learning more about western North Carolina’s rich agricultural history, and Taylor Barnhill of the Appalachian Barn Alliance will talk about the barns of Madison County and his group’s work to preserve their stories. William Ritter of Song to Seed will sing about Appalachian foodways and gardening.
This project was funded by a generous grant from a Council of Independent Colleges program called Humanities Research for the Public Good, which strives to connect “independent colleges with their communities through undergraduate research.”