Folklife in the South Conference – The stories matter

I attended the Folklife in the South Conference in Lake Guntersville, Alabama in June 2023.  It was a gathering of community leaders, folklorists, traditional artists, educators, documentarians, and other cultural workers. We came together to hear the stories of work in the field, explore different avenues of folklife in the South and to meet and…

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Seeds can be a big deal to a hungry community

In Erie City, Kansas, population 1,100, the public library director, Julie Kent, shared their seed sharing program that went from just a few tomato plants and the shuttered library building, to a community-wide home gardening movement.  The librarians gave 35 families bags of seeds, starter onions, potatoes, and tomato plants, along with planting instructions and…

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