Harvest story

It is flooded to the north end of the beautiful tree-lined streets of Atlanta, a little-known and often overlooked historical significance: a slave farm on Smith’s farm, spread across the Atlanta History Campus. A center is to show what a working slave farm looks like.

Standing there, it is easy to forget that the farm is located in one of the most populous cities in the South. The song of birds and the various aromas fill the air — the smell of the earth’s crumbs; The soft, sweet aroma of chamomile. A goor can only see high altitudes while following the flight paths of the blue jets. Such historical sites are available throughout the region, but Smith’s location makes it unique – the city’s location means that people who cannot practice farming have access to the center and can learn about traditional growth techniques or uses. For food and medicinal plants.

“One of the most spectacular vegetation features in the South is the landscape,” said Michael Twitt, a James Beard Award-winning author and culinary educator who advises in the Garden of Slaves. “This is a common story, and the way the center speaks to these stories is revolutionary.

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A garden fence made by the slaves.

Smith’s family lived in the 1840s, and the region’s ancient nineteenth-century agricultural architecture still stands. The farm then expanded to more than 800 acres in neighboring Decal County, and according to records, Smith often plowed and kept the land between eleven and nineteen slaves. The house was relocated in 1969, and the Atlanta Historical Center opened its doors three years later.

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The protected hut, behind Smith’s farm.

“In the 1860s, we wanted to understand when there was this farm and what created this landscape,” said Sarah Roberts, vice president of Goizuta Gardens. That, represented by the protected hut and the enslaved people’s garden, included the private life (and living quarters) of those who had to work on the land. Added in 2004.

A.D. In 2014, the center relocated the garden to create what is now an immersive experience. To establish the plot, researchers used the contents of the Central Cherokee Garden Library, historical seed catalogs, newspapers, and books for crop descriptions. Her work in the Southern Vulnerability seed includes the expertise of breeders such as Twitter and Ira Wallace, who have encountered more than 800 open pollen and organic seeds. Wallace remembers laughing. The gardener was trying to find out when and where the crop came from and what species were in the human gardens. To the astonishment of Wallace and his staff, they speculated that the slave could plant the green glass collars introduced around 1820.

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Patty squash, Lystada de Gandhian eggplant, and tall green improved pumpkins.

Twitter tells of a 640-square-foot plot surrounded by thin tree branches and strong branches. But it tells a lot of stories, and they use every inch of space to give you the picture as much as possible. Sometimes these gardens are literally living examples of what they see in the record. The center of Atlanta’s history is not only for the heirs but also for the protection of the food culture that accompanies it.

The masterminds of such conspiracies used creative, patriarchal knowledge to make the best use of the small space and the offspring. Corresponding planting Indigenous practices, such as onions, pumpkins and parsley. Other seeds are planted in low-lying hills rather than traditional rows. The delicate yellow flowers of mullein may seem ordinary, but for those in captivity who have no reliable medical treatment, such herbs, along with bourgeois, bone, and chamomile, save lives. Ritual plants such as basil, planted at the entrance of the house for good fortune, send their workers back to their ancestors, and crops such as beans, okra, peanuts, melons, peas, and pepper have been introduced into West African cooking traditions. The center also includes programs and tours on how farm servants think and treat people about fertilizer, pest control, and historically accurate poultry, sheep, and goats.

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Kentucky Wonder Polar Beans Growing corn on the cob at Hikri Ken.

Over the past year, however, the influence of the slave garden has spread beyond the center’s doors. When Covid-19 closed its destination and cooking displays to Gob visitors, the epidemic intensified with the center’s urban agriculture director Emily Roberts and other staff working with local nonprofit to alleviate hunger and malnutrition. They took into account the contribution at the time – the tallest green improved pumpkins, for example, since 1842, and about 1864 the Kentucky Wonder bean bean. So far, the center has donated more than a thousand pounds of produce from the captives’ gardens and Smith’s gardens, kitchen gardens and farms.

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Cabinet balcony.

Sarah Roberts laughs: “Some of the things we grow are not your usual vegetables. “Green colored cucumber makes a great cake, but no one knows that.” To make exotic plants accessible to recipients, staff often include recipes, as well as seeds, so people can grow their own gardens. “We may not be able to do as much as other places, but if everyone works – if we come together as a community and realize where our needs are, we can make a big difference,” Roberts said.

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