Title

Heirloom Seedkeepers and their Stories: Building connections between town and gown

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Chris Dockery, Rosann Kent, and Karrie Ann Fadroski

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Presentation

Subject Area

Appalachian Studies

Location

Library 3rd Floor Room 382

Start Date

1-4-2014 12:30 PM

End Date

1-4-2014 1:50 PM

Description/Abstract

Students in the Appalachian Studies Minor at the University of North Georgia seek to build social bridges that will improve the local food system by encouraging the exchange of seeds and stories between new and long-term residents through arts-based community research. This poster session will include a regular display board, two large arts installations, and heirloom seed giveaway.

In Year 1 of the project, students located and interviewed seed savers, collected seeds, conducted seed swaps, and attended community celebrations. Their analysis of stories and images resulted in a visual representation of their research called a "communograph," a quilt-sized display that artistically characterized the seed savers' contributions of donated seeds and shared stories as well as the connections and conversations that led to locating the cultural tradition bearers.

In Year 2, students built on previous work to determine if the project was replicable, sustainable, and scalable for other areas of Southern Appalachia. In addition to creating policies and procedures for collecting and banking seeds and stories, they also generated another quilt-inspired installation based on the new research cycle. The new partner for the 2013-14 ATP is Loganberry Heritage Farm, an organic farm in White County with a mission to grow heirloom seeds of Southern Appalachia and embrace sustainability.

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Apr 1st, 12:30 PM Apr 1st, 1:50 PM

Heirloom Seedkeepers and their Stories: Building connections between town and gown

Library 3rd Floor Room 382

Students in the Appalachian Studies Minor at the University of North Georgia seek to build social bridges that will improve the local food system by encouraging the exchange of seeds and stories between new and long-term residents through arts-based community research. This poster session will include a regular display board, two large arts installations, and heirloom seed giveaway.

In Year 1 of the project, students located and interviewed seed savers, collected seeds, conducted seed swaps, and attended community celebrations. Their analysis of stories and images resulted in a visual representation of their research called a "communograph," a quilt-sized display that artistically characterized the seed savers' contributions of donated seeds and shared stories as well as the connections and conversations that led to locating the cultural tradition bearers.

In Year 2, students built on previous work to determine if the project was replicable, sustainable, and scalable for other areas of Southern Appalachia. In addition to creating policies and procedures for collecting and banking seeds and stories, they also generated another quilt-inspired installation based on the new research cycle. The new partner for the 2013-14 ATP is Loganberry Heritage Farm, an organic farm in White County with a mission to grow heirloom seeds of Southern Appalachia and embrace sustainability.