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Watch Homegrown Foodways in West Virginia: “Foraging and Relations”


On Wednesday, August 18 at noon EST on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, we premiered our first film in the Homegrown Foodways in West Virginia series, featuring Dr. Jonathan Hall on foraging and relations. 

In the video, West Virginia filmmakers, farmers, and chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson will be joined by fellow hunter and forager Jonathan Hall as they sustainably harvest ramps, morels, oyster mushrooms, and more. Like the Black fishers, hunters, and foragers recorded for the AFC by Mary Hufford in Harlem Heights in the 1990s, Jonathan reflects on the experience of being a Black outdoorsman hunting and foraging in virtually all-white spaces in rural West Virginia, discussing how racism has created unique barriers to entry to the practice of outdoor foodways traditions in Appalachia. 

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