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The community of Todd, North Carolina have gathered to harvest and boil sorghum for molasses for the past thirty-six yeas. Like many other communities in Watauga County, the molasses boil has been a part of the Appalachian agricultural practice and community traditions for centuries.
Taking advantage of North Carolina's ideal climate, Sally Jo Slusher single-handedly has operated the eight-acre, organic PlowGirl Farm since 2014 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Slusher takes a hands-off approach to exotic and experimental crops such as ginger, using quality seed from local suppliers.
Tom Brown has driven over 250,000 miles across North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia to identify and save from extinction over 1,000 varieties of heritage apples from the region.
Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center has provided services vital to preserving, celebrating, and illuminating cultural traditions of the Native Americans of the sandhills in and around Hoke County since 1997. Their mission is to strengthen families, unite people through cultural enrichment, and enhance the self-sufficiency of underserved and distressed communities.
The folksong “Barbara Allen” has been documented since the 17th century, but mostly likely originated well before that. The author learned it from his mother, who learned it from her father, who sang it for his children. The song has several variations, but also has three principal melodied to which it is sung or played. The lyrics to the song are transcribed as sung by John Underwood.