Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2011
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New Publication discusses the Foods of Appalachia

By SARAH MCCLELLAN-WELCH

EBCI COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

     The Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) Alliance has just released a booklet entitled “Place-based Food of Appalachia: from Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery”. The booklet discusses the rich heritage of mountain foods including old-timey, Appalachian varieties of apples, beans, muscadine grapes, sweet potatoes, corn, pawpaws, greens and other foods.

Kevin Welch is a featured author in a new publication entitled Place-Based Foods of Appalachia: From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery. Kevin is pictured here with is mother, Geraldine Walkingstick, who is the catalyst for his article. (Photo by Saran McClellan-Welch/EBCI Cooperative Extension)

     In the lead article, Jim Veteto, points out, “The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are descendents of the original agriculturists of the region and are still maintaining a high diversity of Cherokee heirloom food crops.”

     Kevin Welch, Big Cove resident and Center for Cherokee Plants Coordinator, has a featured article on wild greens. Welch is thankful for the food traditions shared by his mother, Geraldine Walkingstick. In his article he says, “My mother, Geraldine, thinks that the best way to learn how to collect and prepare wild greens is to have someone teach you, hands-on, the way her mother did, and that’s how she teaches her family”.

     The publication is meant to document, celebrate and inspire discussions that will lead to residents safeguarding and restoring the traditional foods of our region. It can be viewed on line at < http://jeweloftheblueridge.com/Images/AppalachiaPlace-BasedFoods.pdf>.

     Copies will be available in the EBCI Cooperative Extension Office in May. Contact Kevin Welch for more information at 828-554-6928.

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