MY VISION

It is my hope, that I will be able to share my passion for history and agrobiodiversity on a global stage through the Reawakened fellowship program. I believe that the earth holds the solutions for many of the problems we face: including poverty, unemployment, social equality, and hunger. 

*While my extensive search for a local story that fit the qualifications for Reawakened, came up empty handed, I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that I came across. 

A SAFE SPACE

 

Her name is Sadia Pollard. Her love of the land has been passed down through her family, and her deep connection with the earth inspired an extensive education and work experience in agriculture.
 

She is a young African American farmer who has founded Prosper Farm in South Carolina. This micro vegetable/mushroom farm serves as a safe space where black, brown, and indigenous people can reconnect with the land. She describes working alongside the land as a source of liberation and healing. 

 

In the past, land was used as a weapon for oppression. Pollard hopes that Prosper Farm will help to heal those wounds and be a place where community is fostered, nourishing food is cultivated, and biodiversity is preserved.

 

Sadia Pollard takes great care to practice seed saving and develop longer-storage foods which can combat hunger and support sustainability. Currently, Prosper Farm’s produce is sold locally by word of mouth and any surplus produce is donated to those in need. 

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KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

 

As the average age of farmers in South Carolina rapidly climbs to the 60s and 70s, the art of holding a living, breathing relationship with the land is increasingly endangered with each passing generation.

 

Founded in 1913, Monetta Asparagus Farms is one of the first asparagus farms in the United States and located in an area that was known as "the Asparagus Capital of the World". Now operated by the fifth generation of asparagus farmers, Monetta Asparagus Farms is preserving the tradition of partnering with the earth to cultivate produce that has been used to fight hunger for centuries. 

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THE PURSUIT OF PURPLE 

Indigo used to be one of the staple cash crops in South Carolina.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney was responsible for the cultivation of indigo in Charleston, SC. The American Revolution saw the end of the production of Indigo when other exports became easier to industrialize. 

However, the historic McCullough Farm in Kingstree has decided to change that. In their area of the Lowcountry, the Indigofera suffruticosa variety of indigo thrived. This variety was native to Guatemala.

In 2016, the McCullough Farm decided to reawaken the crop indigo using the traditional methods of cultivation, harvest, and dye production. This beautiful, rich crop now continues to grow there, a portion of history being preserved for future generations.