Second Annual Fall Apple Festival Highlights Local Knowledge

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Fall is finally here, and this time of the year just isn't the same without the Fall Apple Festival. The Fall Apple Festival is hosted by FOLK (Furthering Our Local Knowledge) and PLACE, and will be held on Saturday, October 17th from 1pm until the campfire dies at Grove Creek Farm (formerly known as the Agrarian Connections Farm) in Crawford, GA; about fifteen minutes from the UGA campus. FOLK is an organization who's mission is to ensure that locally-based knowledge, art forms, and lifeways don't perish in the face of a globalizing world. To this end, we bring experts in place-based knowledge and craft to Athens to share their knowledge with the Athens community, students and residents alike.

This year FOLK is bringing Kevin Welch of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians. As a young man Kevin realized how rapidly Eastern Cherokee traditional crops and agricultural knowledge were being lost when he tried to find his Grandpa's October Beans to plant in his garden. Kevin began to notice the loss of other Cherokee plants and started to ponder why this was. His research included travel to the Native Seed SEARCH in New Mexico and eventually led to the establishment of the Center for Cherokee Plants in Cherokee, North Carolina as a plant nursery, seed bank and educational center. Kevin will be telling stories and sharing his botanical knowledge with us throughout the day at the Apple Festival.

In addition to hearing Kevin speak, festival goers will have a chance to spend the day relaxing on the farm while enjoying live music provided by Hope for Agoldensummer, Marion Montgomery III, High Strung, and many other local musicians. There will booths showcasing the work of some of the finest artists and crafters in the area, kids' activities, a wide selection of different locally-produced foods and drinks provided by PLACE, Slow Food Athens, and the Clamberskull Brew Collective, and of course lots of apples, apple products, and an apple pie contest. Our goal with the Fall Apple festival is to provide an event for Athens community members—families especially—to enjoy themselves and to gain an appreciation for the food, music, crafts, knowledge, and apples that comprise our common identity. If you are a local artist or farmer and would like to have a booth at the festival, or if you are an apple enthusiast that would like to enter the apple pie contest, email folkathens@gmail.com or visit our website folkathens.org
for more information.

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