Co-Directors Nik Heynen and Maurice Bailey were notified that they have been awarded a research grant titled “Remembering Yesterday, Fighting for Tomorrow: The Cornelia Walker Baily Program on Land and Agriculture.” The project is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Global Georgia Program of the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.  The project will be used to recruit more Sapelo Island residents interested in working with us to understand the cultural and historical significance of cultivating “heritage crops” on Sapelo Island that were first planted and harvested two centuries earlier by the slaves who provided agricultural knowledge and labor when Sapelo Island was an antebellum plantation.  The effort will work to create more dialogue with more residents about how cultivating these crops can be an engine for community economic development today in the face of the pressures the Hog Hammock community continues to face.

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