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Farm, Forage, Feast: High Country Foodways

Farm, Forage, Feast: High Country Foodways

Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? Or how honey is made? Or all the varieties of apples there are? Or what it really takes to raise pigs? Have you thought about all the stories and conversations that warm the soul as you sit around the dinner table and pass the plate?

Farm. Forage. Feast. examines the intersection of cultures, economies, education, and the environment relating to the production and consumption of food in the High Country of North Carolina through lenses of oral histories, photography, and local history.  For the purpose of this exhibition, the High Country is defined as Watauga, Ashe, and Avery counties, although our interview subjects live and work primarily in Watauga and Ashe counties.

Acknowledgements

Farm. Forage. Feast. would not have been possible without stories from Debbie Wiseman Bauer; Renee Boughman of F.A.R.M. Café; Melinda Brown of Never Ending Farm; Rodney, Brandon, and Traythan Cheek of Cheek Family Dairy; Cecil and Julie Gurganus; Bill Moretz of Moretz Mountain Orchard; Alek Schober of Reid’s Catering; and James Wilkes of Faith Mountain Farm and Hive Tracks.  Special thanks goes to project curator Willard Watson III, project intern Emma Parrish, exhibiting photographer Ashley Warren, cookbook illustrator Anna Clair Miller, as well as Bill Ward and Lee Carol Giduz for lending their artifacts for display in this exhibition.
(Above Image credit: Ashley Warren. Detail of "Grow, Eat, Repeat", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.)

Interviews

Click on each of our interviewees names below to read transcripts of their interviews:

Cecil and Julie Gurganus - Sorghum Molasses

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "Skimming the top", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist. 

Debbie Bauer - Canning

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "Debbie Bauer", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

Bill Moretz - Moretz Mountain Orchard

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "Bill Moretz", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

Renee Baughman - F.A.R.M. Cafe

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "Renee Baughman", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

Alek Schober - Foraging

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "Alek Schober", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

Melinda Brown - Pigs

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "Melinda Brown", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

James Wilkes - Faith Mountain Farms

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "James Wilkes", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

Rodney Cheek - Cheek Dairy

Image credit: Ashley Warren. "The Cheek Boys", 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.