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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

North Georgia College & State University

Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories

Students participating in the 2010-2011 Appalachian Teaching Project were asked to video the stories of individuals who donated heirloom seeds to The Vickery House, a campus site dedicated to public education on the history of the community and region, while producing activities and events that invite participation and spur community-building.   Collecting these stories provides a platform for the advocacy of tradition and the environment.   At the request of The Vickery House, this video was posted on the internet as an educational tool by providing the history of each seed, demonstrating how local foods are grown and prepared, and how to preserve this tradition.   The project connects with past efforts in expanding our knowledge of green-oriented spaces in the city of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. Students conducted research and learned about interview protocols.   In creating the online video, students were responsible for editing, audio, music selection, and overall production. Additionally, students in the class updated the North Georgia Goes Green map with newly-identified public heirloom gardens and local farmers markets.

Final Report

Student Participants: Elizabeth Burch, Laura Tarnowski, Geoffrey Diehl, Robin Howell

Faculty: Michele Hill


Contact Information:

Dr. Michele B. Hill
Assistant Professor of Leadership and Psychology
Department of Psychology and Sociology
North Georgia College and State University
201A Dunlap Hall
Dahlonega, Georgia 30597



Previous Conference Participation:  2009

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