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Farm. Forage. Feast: High Country Foodways


Farm, Forage, Feast: High Country Foodways
December 1, 2018 - April 20, 2019

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

Photos of the Exhibition


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.


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