From Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, shared Sept. 7:
ASHEVILLE —At this year’s (North Carolina) Mountain State Fair (September 9-18), attendees can ride rides, play games, stroll through displays, and go down in history.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is a proud sponsor of this year’s event, themed “Farm Fresh Fun.” ASAP will collect and record local food and farming stories at their exhibit to pass onto future generations.
“The NC Mountain State Fair has a long tradition of connecting us to our agricultural heritage—through livestock showing and sales, produce and canning judging, and more,” says Peter Marks, program director at ASAP.
“It’s the perfect place for visitors to talk about their home gardens, their own farms or their family farm, and their food preservation methods. Telling these stories will not only continue but strengthen that important connection to WNC’s rich farming history.”
Visitors to ASAP’s booth will have the opportunity to write stories and memories to share with passersby, or they can choose to participate in a brief recorded interview with members of the Appalachian Food Storybank (AFS), a program of Slow Food Asheville, who are trained in recording and preserving oral histories. AFS’ main goal is to provide a way for folks to record their food stories for their children and grandchildren, as well as highlight the unique lifeways, history, and culture of Appalachia. ...Read the full article
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