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"Feast and Farmin'" Agricultural Celebration Program

"Feast and Farmin': A Celebration of Western North Carolina Agricultural History" was an online presentation that took place on November 12, 2020.

The event was 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 the school's Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, its Center for Community Engagement, and the Appalachian Barn Alliance. During the presentation, guests took a virtual farm tour with Professor Ethan Mannon. Director of the Southern Appalachian Archives Karen Paar shared resources for learning more about western North Carolina’s rich agricultural history, and Taylor Barnhill of the Appalachian Barn Alliance spoke about the barns of Madison County and his group’s work to preserve their stories. William Ritter of Song to Seed sang 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."