Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Victory Gardens, Plants, Farms and Barns talks

May and June 20 talks UPDATE. There were over 25 talks in April on Victory Gardens WWII (War Gardens WW1), Medieval & Colonial gardens, 2 on White House gardens, Indeginous food & plants and more. There are also many taped talks from the past year on gardens, seeds, sugar beets, Manoomin (Wild Rice), farms and a few on livestock and stone walls.


Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Vegetable Gardeners Helped to Win the War. Judith Sumner. CHAA Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor Mar 20 2022 HERE > TAPE may be HERE 2014 talk HERE

Planting Hope: The History of Victory Gardens and How to Plant Them. “This pre-recorded Facebook Premier program will be broadcast on the NMUSN Facebook page Apr 2021 TAPE HERE National Museum of the United States Navy

Victory Gardens During WWII. by Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Facebook Live (manitowoclibrary) Manitowoc Public Library WI Apr 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Digging into the History of Victory Gardens. Anastasia Day (topic for PhD at UDel). Austin Organic Gardeners TAPE HERE

Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow. LaManda Joy. Library of Congress 2011 TAPE HERE

Exploring Victory Gardens - How A Nation of Vegetable Growers Helped to Win the War. Judith Sumner. GBH forum Network (Boston’s WGBH TV) TAPE HERE

War Gardens (WWI), Victory Gardens (WWII) links to 3 original gardens, 3 recreated ones, and reading selections from 1917-1945 HERE


Colonial & Early American Gardens – great blog by Barbara W. Sarudy. And checkout the links to her other blogs HERE

Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon has been cooking at the hearth and will be back in the garden of the 1696 Massey House west of Philadelphia, where she has been taped working since May 2020 in the One Cool Colonial series. Upcoming and past 10 min. taped segments HERE

Civil War Medicinal Gardens. Greg Susla. National Museum of Civil War Medicine. TAPE HERE

The Earliest Botanic Gardens in the Middle East. Shahina Ghazanfar. London Natural History Society. May 13 HERE TAPE HERE

Growing Personalities Gardens of Gunston Hall, Monticello, and Mount Vernon. Gunston. Facebook Aug 7 TAPE HERE

Foods of 18th-century tenant farmers. Gunston Hall, VA  cooking on a stove. Supplies list, worksheet (puzzle) build tenant farm. Aug 15 Tape HERE

Sugar beets Freedom from the New World: the invention of beet sugar. “history of sugar in the nineteenth century is generally told as a war between these two [beet and sugar cane] industries.” David Singerman, Manuel A. Bautista González. BizHizCol Global Apr 6 2021 HERE TAPE will be HERE

How The Potato Changed The World. Potatoes: The Conquerer Crop. Rebecca Earle author of Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato Oct 2020 TAPE HERE

Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato. Rebecca Earle author. Cambridge University Press. Oct 2020 TAPE HERE

Irish Potato Famine, 1847-1852 TAPE HERE

Famine Foods: Plants We Eat to Survive. “examine alternative foods in human societies throughout the world, from hunter-gatherers to major nations.” Paul Minnis. University of Arizona Press May 5 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

Famine Food Database Robert Freedman at Purdue U HERE

Horticulture, History, and Immigrants: Systems Altering This Land. Wambui Ippolito. US Botanical Garden, Apr 2020 HERE

This Is Your Mind On Plants. “three very different plants from which we derive opium, caffeine and mescaline, and what they can do for us.” author Michael Pollan, Monty Don. 5x15 £0 – £22.15 Jul 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Making Meadows: Restoring Vital Habitat at Bowber Head Farm. “some of the last 900 hectares of northern hay meadow in existence.” Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Donation Jul 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

The Remarkable Life of Anna Kliest. Botanist (published works on north Georgia plants), Moravian missionary among the Cherokees, artist. Cherokee healers. Anna Rosina Kliest Gambold (1762 - 1821). Victoria Starbuck. The Moravian Historical Society Apr 14 2021 TAPE HERE

The Chinese Kitchen Garden: How Do You Prepare That?! “how to prepare a variety of Asian vegetables for cooking and explains how to use them traditionally and in your own recipes.” Wendy Kiang-Spray. US Botanic Garden. Jl 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Around the World in 80 Plants. “pineapples were hired out for parties, or that there are fruit whose ripening responds to sound, or why bananas are perfect for nightclubs?” Jonathan Drori author. Linnean Society of London Apr 22 2021 TAPE HERE

Around the World in 80 Gardens. Dr. Richard Benfield HERE

All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses. “the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all.” author Marta McDowell. United States Botanic Garden, DC. Apr 25 2021 TAPE HERE

The Earliest Botanic Gardens in the Middle East. Shahina Ghazanfar. London Natural History Society May 13 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

USBG at 200 (Part 1): Deeply Rooted. US Botanic Garden in DC started 1820. United States Botanic Garden, DC. Apr 29 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Jul 13 Tue 1:30-3:30 The IncrEDIBLE RHS Collections at Lindley Library. “how the Society aimed to support and enrich the commercial growth of food in the UK through defining fruit varieties, funding plant collecting expeditions, collecting horticultural knowledge from both the past and the present.” The Thorney Island Society. £10 HERE TAPE HERE

Jl 29 Th 4 Sunbelt Spotlight: How Local Native Americans Used Plants. “food, medicine, tools, and materials to make clothing, kitchen tools, hunting equipment, regalia, toys, and adornments.” Southern Cal. Diana Lindsay. Sunbelt Publications, Inc. HERE TAPE HERE

Ramps. Forest Farming in Focus- A Deeper Dive. Dr.Eric Burkhart, Steve Schwartz, of Delaware Valley Ramps PA. To learn basics go HERE. Horticultural Science. Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. Feb 2022. Register HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 4 Fri 12-1:30 Ramp Cultivation Webinar. Wild leeks. “Learn about the history, cultivation, and many uses of this important and delicious native plant.” Rural Action HERE TAPE may be HERE

Se 2 Thu 1-2:30 Richard Spruce on the Rio Negro: Reanimating Biocultural Collections. “biocultural objects collected by nineteenth-century botanist Richard Spruce in Amazonia.” Linnean Society of London HERE TAPE HERE

Se 3 Fri 2-2:40 A History of Community Gardening in Aberdeen from 19th century. One Seed Forward HERE TAPE HERE

Se 18 Sat 6 AM A Land Drained, A Nation Fed: The Fens since 1600. “Gravity drainage in the 17th century was succeeded by windmills in the 18th, steam in the 19th and diesel and electric power in the 20th.” Open Cambridge UK HERE TAPE HERE

Se 13 Mon 9AM Place Names as Edible Encyclopaedia. “Place names imprinted a shared encyclopaedic knowledge on the landscape: where to find plants and animals; where to hunt and where to avoid.” Dr Eric Lacey. Winchester Heritage Open Days HERE TAPE HERE

Se 22 Wed 1:30 Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and why we need to save them. author Dan Saladino. 5x15 donation HERE TAPE HERE great talk

A Harvest of Field and Stream. “18th century ancestors to catch a brown trout or rid his fields of varmints for crop protection and the kitchen pot? European settlers followed in the footsteps of the Indigenous Peoples of New England by altering their landscape through agricultural practices.” Stanley-Whitman House HERE. May 4 2022 TAPE may be HERE great talk

Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, From Sustainable to Suicidal. Mark Bittman. Columbia Public Health. Feb 8, 2021 TAPE HERE Ark of Taste, a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. Slow Food USA HERE

Se 23 Thu 1 The Book that Started a Food Revolution. Interview with Frances Moore Lappe author of Diet for a Small Planet. 50th anniversary. Food Tank HERE TAPE HERE

Se 30 Thu 7 50 Years of Diet for a Small Planet: Frances Moore LappĂ© with Raj Patel. “This extraordinary book first exposed the needless waste built into a meat-centered diet. … 50th anniversary [edition]… showing us how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy.” Brookline Booksmith HERE TAPE HERE

The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution. Malabar Farm “how a leading writer of the 1920’s became America’s most famous farmer and inspired the organic food movement.” author Stephen Heyman. Hudson Library & Historical Society. Se 2020 TAPE HERE


The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree. author Dr. Judith Taylor. Saratoga Historical Foundation May 3 2021HERE TAPE HERE

Open Orchard School: Heirloom Stonefruit. “public orchard containing 100 trees and hundreds of rare and heirloom varieties once grown in the NYC region, but which have disappeared due to climate change and industrial agriculture… stories of these rare stonefruits (such as peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and cherries).” Sam Van Aken. NYC Parks GreenThumb May 21 2021 HERE TAPES may be HERE

An Apple History of Maine. John Bunker. Maine Historical Society. Oc 14 2020 TAPE HERE

Jan 10 Sun 4-7 Acorn Processing: The Ultimate Slow Food. Identification, acorn selection, storage, shelling, winnowing, grinding, cold and hot leaching, recipes. Bryan Bramlett. Healing Ecosystems. CA. HERE Very informative 3 hours. TAPE HERE

Acorn Mush (Wiiwish) cooked in a basket blog post with pictures HERE


Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan. Barbara Barton. Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor Oc 18 HERE TAPE will be HERE or HERE

Manoomin (Wild Rice). PBS documentary “about wild rice in the Ojibwe’s history and spiritual culture and the traditional procedures for harvesting, processing, and cooking wild rice in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.” Dr. Michael Loukinen Mar 2021 TAPE HERE


Quality Seeds to Feed the World: 130 Years of Seed Testing, Research and Outreach. “Iowa State University’s groundbreaking seed research, from the work of early innovators such as Louis H. Pammel and George Washington Carver to today’s world-renowned Seed Science Center.” Iowa History 101. State Historical Society of Iowa TAPE HERE

Our Seeds are our Stories - Special Seed Week Event. The Gaia Foundation Jan 20 TAPE HERE

Seed Saving & Food Sovereignty. Indigenous communities across the globe. Grains & Revolution. Chatham University. PA Nov 5 TAPE HERE

Seed Sovereignty and Food Security. Irish Seed Savers. Kildare Town Library Dec 4 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

Sharing Seeds: our first treaty. Beth Roach. Haudenosaunee Story of Creation. Alliance of Native Seedkeepers TAPE HERE

Seed packets of folded paper

Two taped talks are about seed packets, a process of folding and tucking paper. The 18th Century seed talk details the various types of paper repurposed – printers waste paper, letters, books, sermons, journals, manuscripts, and more in images.
Photo from "Found in the Floorboards: 200 Year Old Seed Packets." Starr Herr-Cardillo, Joel Fry. with lots of photos, and instructions on how to fold and tuck paper into a packet. William Hamilton (d1815) home Woodlands HERE

Eighteenth-Century Seeds & the Case for Greening Book History. Paper was reused to make seed packets. Packets examined from Linnean Society of London, Natural History Museum. Maria Zytaruk. The Library Company of Phila. Se 2020 HERE. TAPE HERE

“Take Care Some Seeds in the Letter”: Material and Textual Practices of Seed Exchange in the Long Eighteenth Century. Maria Zytaruk in Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. January 2019

Garden: Collecting seeds. Gunston Hall, VA. Joel Fry of Bartram's Garden talked about Bartram, his Garden, and (at 48 min) the c1800 seed packets (pictured) found at Woodlands in Phila. Ryan Dostal talked about saving seeds, hand pollinating, and folding paper packets. A handout with items to 'do along'. Aug 22 2020 TAPE HERE


Pig History and Big History. Jamie Kreiner author of Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West. Institute of Historical Research Dec 2 HERE TAPE HERE

Ruman Nation: An Environmental History of American Cattle. “growth of the livestock feed industry from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, to its dominance of the economic scene.” Nicole Welk-Joerger. Nov 29, 2021 Hagley Museum and Library TAPE HERE

The Craven Heifer: the biography of a beast. At the turn of the nineteenth century breed larger cattle, sheep, pigs that became status symbols, seen in paintings. Carl Griffin. Animal History Group IHR MAR 17 HERE TAPE may be HERE

“Wild Neat Cattle” Domesticated Livestock and Landscape Change in Colonial Maryland. Valerie Hall Historic St. Mary's City. Sept 17 2020 TAPE HERE


Sermons in Stone: Stone Walls of New England. “In 1871 there were 252,539 miles of stone walls in New England and New York.” Often around farm fields. author Susan Allport. Falmouth Museums on the Green HERE Mar 25 TAPE HERE or earlier talk 2015 HERE

The History and Structure of Stone Walls. Talk and builds example using large pebbles. No ppt, in person. Kevin Gardner. Vermont libraries. Jan 8 2020 TAPE HERE

Farm fences – Stone walls, Hedgerows, Waddle fences much more HERE

Peat harvesting blog post pre 1920 photos montage and talks HERE


Updated blog post on Barns and Farms HERE

CA That Farm Town, Los Angeles. Charles Perry. Culinary Historians of Southern California. Jan 9 HERE TAPE HERE

MA Round Stone Barn. Hancock Shaker Village TAPE HERE

NC NC An Appalachian Farm & Barn Tour --Two Centuries of the Anderson Homeplace. Four barns spanning two centuries with "four architecture types… [3 log barns and one tobacco slat barn, thoroughly explained] in this iconic farmstead in the Mars Hill area just north of Asheville.” Taylor Barnhill. Appalachian Barn Alliance, NC. Tape can be rented thru Apr 30, [perhaps can still be 'rented' from the Alliance HERE] $5 Info and nice photos: HERE TAPE HERE

NC Appalachian Barn Alliance barns database HERE

NY Great Stone Barn, 1859 largest stone cattle barn in America, Shakers. Mount Lebanon. TAPE HERE

NY Grassroots Leviathan: Agricultural Reform and the Rural North in the Slaveholding Republic. by author Dr. Ariel Ron. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Sept 10 HERE TAPE HERE

NY The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science and Capitalism in the Antebellum North. NY 1800-1861 Emily Pawley. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Dec 10 HEREcalendar TAPE HERE

NY Life on the Farm: Legacies of Dutch Colonial Brooklyn. “use unique archival material to tell stories of colonial family life, slavery, and power, and the lasting legacies of colonial Brooklynites.” Educators 1.5 CTLE credits. Brooklyn Connections. Ap 2021 HERE TAPE HERE ///

OH An Architectural Heritage in Ohio's Rural Landscape. “the traditional barn and house types found on Ohio farms.” Tom O'Grady. Friends of Ohio Barns. Mar 2021 HERE

OH Converting Living History into Living Space. 1810 barn. Ric Beck. Friends of Ohio Barns. Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

OH Barn Stewardship. Rudy Christian, Caleb Miller. Friends of Ohio Barns. Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

OH Apr 28 Wed 7 Farm News Before Facebook. “Gleanings from the Agricultural Press, 1830-1900” Steve Gordon. Friends of Ohio Barns. HERE TAPE HERE

PA Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes. author Sally McMurry talk on myriad of aspects from before 1800 to current. State Library of Pennsylvania Jan 11 HERE. Terrific talk TAPE HERE

PA Preserving the Kauffman Farm: over 250 years of Pennsylvania German Agriculture. “a very well preserved farmstead in the Oley Valley… owned by the Kauffman family for 271 years.” now owned by non-profit. Jim Lewars. Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum May 2021 HERE Oley Valley Heritage Assn 2019 TAPE HERE

DC Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C book by Kim Prothro Williams. Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Nov 18 TAPE HERE

CANADA Feb 1 Tue 7:30 Barn Raisings, threshing and quilting bees: the stories farm diaries tell in Ontario, Canada 1830-1960. Work bees (barn raising, logging,more) reciprocate labor that year. Catharine Wilson. Guelph Historical Society HERE Fe3 Canadian Ag energy use 1871-1991.

Rural Diary Archive. Over 200 Ontario, Canada farm diaries from 1800 to 1960. HERE

UK Traditional Farm Buildings of the Yorkshire Dales . Such as “field barns.” James Brightman. Thornton-le-Street History UK Jan 21 HERE TAPE HERE

UK A farmer-miner landscape: cowhouses and smallholdings in Castle Bolton. Hannah Kingsbury. Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group UK Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

UK Historic Farmsteads on the Solway. 16-17th cen. very detailed layout, buildings, clay, stone. Dr Peter Messenger. Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. Dec 3 HERE TAPE HERE

AU Discovering History ~ Monday was Washing Day... Farm women's domestic work, 1920s-1950s. “The Women on the Land project interviewed 80 women on farms...” Goldfields Libraries. Australia Dec 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

History of Food Provisioning for Amsterdam. Early center of grain trade, 16th cen. Piet van Cruyningen and Koen van der Gaast. Food Council MRA Nov 18 TAPE HERE

The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science and Capitalism in the Antebellum North. Emily Pawley. The Library Company of Philadelphia. Dec 2020 HEREcalendar TAPE HERE

Farm News Before Facebook. “Gleanings from the Agricultural Press, 1830-1900” Steve Gordon. Friends of Ohio Barns. Apr 28 2021 TAPE HERE

Local Farmers Markets. “Fourteen farmers markets are currently active in the greater Sacramento Region… past and present.” Renaissance Society. Apr 28 2021 TAPE HERE

War Garden posters 1918 (reddish), 1939 from Library of Congress

Calendar of food history talks - current month HERE

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