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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

North Georgia College & State University


Heirloom Seed and Story Keepers: Growing Community and Sustainability through Arts-based Research

In the first year of this project, the 2012 ATP students partnered with the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the sponsor of a weekly farmers' market, to map this important community asset. Students hosted a seed swap at the Farmer's Market early in the fall semester and met gatekeepers who went with them to meet seed savers. The goal was to identify, meet, and interview at least one tradition bearer in each of the small settlements in Lumpkin County: Auria, Nimberwill, Yahoola Creek, Cane Creek, etc. Students were encouraged to include families of African American and Cherokee lineage in their search.

Art students assisted Appalachian Studies students in creating a "communograph," a collective memory bank that artistically represents not only the seed savers' contributions of donated seeds and shared stories but also the circuitous connections and conversations that led to locating the cultural tradition bearers. This large display of text and images visually and publically represented the findings from the research partnership. Students also planned a public celebration to recognize the contributions of all the participants.

2012 Presentation

2012 Final Report 

To view the Seedkeepers Brochure click here



Contact Information:

Dr. Rosann Kent
Director, Appalachian Studies
North Georgia College & State University
Histoic Vickery House
Dahlonega, GA 30597



Previous Conference Participation2010    2009


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