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From: Beth Cooper <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Off-subject: Preserving Arkansas' AgriculturalHeritage
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 19:59:10 -0800 (PST)

I'll save your email in a file so that these get kept and
we'll see what shows up on Mar 1,2008. I think that all
are really serious about this project. I know exactly what
you mean about the old seeds, I certainly wish I had some
of Grandad Peck's corn, that had to have been the sweetest
yellow corn I ever ate or it's been too many years since I was
a kid, huh?
Will see what shows up, Vic!

----- Original Message ----
From: VIC BROWN <>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 6:19:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Off-subject: Preserving Arkansas' AgriculturalHeritage

Now that you mention it, my Grandpa Jim Brown brought some watermelon seeds
from Izard to Bryan County Okla in 1913 and they were the best.
They were called Mountain Sweet. We grew them when I was a kid and now I
can't find any.
If any are still available I sure would like to buy some and carry on with
the good seeds.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Beth Cooper" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] Off-subject: Preserving Arkansas'

> I'm sharing this now, because I have just read it and even though this is
a bit early, I'm warning you now to dig out your
> Arkansas seeds that your ancestors collected and saved-----and seriously
think about sharing at least a few of them so they
> can be documented and kept producing for your great great grandchildren
and others interested souls.
> This is a very worthwhile project that one of my good friends, Tina Marie
Wilcox, gardner at the Ozark Folk Center is very
> serious about. The more that we can preserve now, the more the future
generations will have of the true heritage horicultural treasures that our
ancestors enjoyed and loved enough to save!
> If any of you are interested, our Ozark unit of the Herb Society of
America will be meeting that day and will be extremely involved in this
> event. I'm sure it will be a great day of fun, good friends, good food and
wonderful education about special plants that ancestors saved.
> If you have questions and can't get in touch with any of these people,
email me---I'll try to answer your question or get you an answer.
> Enjoy!
> Beth
> P.S. Fern, wonder if Rhodes knows about this? Do you have his current
email, I sent something and got it back!
> For Immediate Release
> CONTACT: Dr. Brian Campbell , (501) 450-3178 TT, (706)
540-4520 MWF,
> Tina Marie Wilcox (870) 269-3851, M-F,
> or Dr. Alison Hall , (501) 376-2166 TT, (501) 450-5498 MWF
> CONWAY, ARK. -- The University of Central Arkansas, the Ozark Folk Center
State Park and the Conserving Arkansas' Agricultural Heritage (CAAH) Project
will host the first annual Ozark Seed Swap on March 1, 2008 at the Ozark
Folk Center State Park Conference Center.
> Bring some seeds and stories to swap with other Ozark seed savers and yarn
spinners. If you have no seeds to swap but want to get started, come along
to mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help. We can conserve the
agricultural heritage of the Ozarks and share good stories, beautify our
yards, get free seeds, and eat good food while doing it. Refreshments will
be provided.
> WHAT: 1st Annual Ozark Seed Swap
> WHEN: March 1, 2008, 12-3PM
> WHERE: Ozark Folk Center State Park Administration Building, Mountain
View, Arkansas. 870-269-3851 1032 Park Ave Mountain View, AR 72560, US
> WHO: University of Central Arkansas Sociology Department and Humanities
and World Cultures Institute partnering with the Ozark Folk Center State
Park and any interested farmers and gardeners
> WHY: Arkansas farmers and gardeners have a legacy of heirloom seeds that
are in danger of being lost, and sharing of seeds will encourage production
of diverse varieties for posterity.
> HOW IT WORKS: Anyone can bring seeds to swap or share. University
students will assist Dr. Campbell in saving a master set to distribute for
the next season and keeping a database of local varieties.
> COST: None.
> Got Whippoorwills? Razorbacks? Red Rippers? Pencil Cob? Hickory King?
Greasebacks? Turkey Craws? Want some? Come to the Old-Timey Ozark Seed Swap
> The results of the this project will be the collection of information on
endangered seeds, promotion of a seed sharing resource, rejuvenation of
traditional Ozark seed swaps and passing on of seeds (as is being encouraged
by the University of Georgia's Southern Seed Legacy), study of the
feasibility of expanding consumer-supported agricultural systems, and
publication of results of the study in anthropological journals and the
popular press. As for the latter, there is much interest in subjects related
to the American diet and food production methods (see best-sellers by
Michael Pollan, OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA and BOTANY OF DESIRE, Frances Moore
Lappe's HOPE'S EDGE, and Eric Schlosser's FAST FOOD NATION). The importance
of global seed saving is also being increasingly recognized and popularized
(see John Seabrook's article "Sowing for Apocalypse" in the August 27, 2007
edition of THE NEW YORKER). An anthropological study will add to the growing
literature a
> further appreciation of just how important preserving traditional
knowledge can be for human posterity and even survival. For more
information on the University of Georgia model for this project see
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