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Land as Material: Harvesting Clay in the Piedmont

Land as Material: Harvesting Clay in the Piedmont

Rachel Brown hand coils a piece of pottery in 1908. Rachel Brown is one of the links in the ancestral chain keeping Catawba pottery alive for future generations of potters. Image Credit: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0Walking into a local North Carolina art gallery, a small clay...

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Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage on Indigenous Peoples Day

Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage on Indigenous Peoples Day

Winter squash, corn, and beans are three common foods that have a history reaching back more than 6,000 years in North America. It was the Indigenous peoples of the Americas that first cultivated these three crops - known as the Three Sisters - and discovered that...

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Ramping up Forest Regeneration with Drum Chop and Burn

Ramping up Forest Regeneration with Drum Chop and Burn

The regeneration of forests at Catawba Run continues this year with the latest drum chop and burn treatment on 30 acres.  The goal of the treatment was to clear away the dense thicket of stunted loblolly pine and other unmanaged regrowth of past clearcuts to make way...

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Native Foodways of the Piedmont

Native Foodways of the Piedmont

The forests of the Piedmont and nearby Blue Ridge Mountains provided a rich landscape in which to forage and farm when the first known humans to inhabit the North Carolina Piedmont arrived about 10,000 years ago.  Archeological evidence suggests that these...

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European Colonization of the Piedmont

European Colonization of the Piedmont

This is the third in a series of five blogs that explore the 10,000 year history of human relationship to the land in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.  Other blogs in this series include The Long Story of Catawba Run, Indigenous Cultures of the Piedmont,...

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Agroforesty at Catawba Run

Agroforesty at Catawba Run

Traditional farming systems that produce agricultural products in landscapes that mix annual and perennial crops, livestock, and trees are common throughout the world.  These farming systems, called agroforestry in the U.S., share many proven benefits including...

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Want to Lend a Hand to Our Beloved Monarch?

Want to Lend a Hand to Our Beloved Monarch?

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico for 2020 shows a decrease of 53% from last year's count, well below the threshold where migration collapse could occur.  It is likely that poor weather...

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