Second Phase of SICARS Sugarcane Project Underway

After the floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Irma subsided it seemed our efforts to revive sugarcane on Sapelo Island might be over as the first […]

Hurricane Irma Floods New SICARS Sugarcane Project

Hurricane Irma created a great deal of damage on Sapelo Island.  Flood waters from the storm surge was especially damaging for many residents in the […]

Red Peas Are the Backbone of an Island Community off the Georgia Coast

Red Peas Are the Backbone of an Island Community off the Georgia Coast

Sapelo, a barrier island in Georgia south of Savannah, is home to a population of people who self-identify as Geechees — descendants of slaves and […]

How One Georgia Island is Fighting to Keep a Small Red Pea Alive

How One Georgia Island is Fighting to Keep a Small Red Pea Alive

Sapelo Island is a 16,500-acre swath of land that sits about 60 miles down from Savannah. Reachable only by boat, the barrier island, Georgia’s fourth […]

UGAMI Partners with SICARS to Plant Red Peas

The new partnership between UGAMI and SICARS took a positive step today when Professor Nik Heynen and students taking his Geography of the Georgia Coast […]

SICARS Board Formally Partners with UGAMI on Peas and Cane

At a SICARS board meeting this week to discuss the future of SICARS’ efforts to reestablish sugarcane, continue to plant red peas and explore growing […]

An island's future tied to farming crops from the past

An island’s future tied to farming crops from the past

Off the coast of Georgia lies a quiet island, accessible only by boat and home to about 50 year-round residents — all descendants of slaves… […]

New Start for SICARS Sugarcane Effort

In 2015 a team of people, including Cornelia Walker Bailey,William “Doc Bill” Thomas, Clemson University Professor Stephen Kresovich, Jerome Dixon, Maurice Bailey, Stanley Walker and others worked […]

The Return of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane

The Return of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane

Purple ribbon sugar cane tastes a little different from its tropical relative. For a while, it thrived on Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia. […]

Southern Sugarcane Revival

Southern Sugarcane Revival

Sugarcane on Sapelo Island was once tended by slaves. Now it might sustain their descendants and help keep Geechee culture alive… Read the full story […]

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