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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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First Forest Restoration Planting at Catawba Run!

First Forest Restoration Planting at Catawba Run!

Over at Catawba Run, a short walk past dense loblolly pines, newly planted chestnuts, and acres of red crimson clover, leads you to what is at first glance a stark landscape. Fallen and charred trees line 10 acres of hillside, contrasting with the young loblolly and...

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Cultivating Food Resilience in a Pandemic

Cultivating Food Resilience in a Pandemic

In the best of times, cultivating local foodways yields many benefits to you and your family, your neighborhood and your greater community.  Some of these benefits include improved psychological health and reduced stress through interactions with nature and the act of...

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Indigenous Cultures of the Piedmont

Indigenous Cultures of the Piedmont

This is the second 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, European Colonization, Industrialization,...

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The Long Story of Catawba Run

The Long Story of Catawba Run

This is the first 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 Indigenous Cultures of the Piedmont, European Colonization,...

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History of Forests and Forestry in the Piedmont

History of Forests and Forestry in the Piedmont

Imagine yourself walking through a forest. You look around to see dense woods and shrubs of all different sizes. Magnolia branches stretch out to meet shortleaf and virginia pine. Hickory bark seems to be pointing upwards towards the tree canopy, where you spot maple...

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