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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:16

Save seed with Frankebelle and the greasy-bean team

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Macon County’s Frankebelle Scruggs and a local “greasy-bean team” from the Cowee community will show folks how best to collect and save heirloom seed Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at Rickman Store.

Many heirloom seeds have dropped in number or disappeared during the last century because farmers stopped collecting and trading their own seeds. By collecting, saving and bartering local varieties, folks cannot only save money, but preserve seeds and varieties that are adapted to this area.

Anyone with old-timey, open-pollinated seeds is encouraged to come relay the story and to barter with others. Those interested in starting an heirloom seed bank here in Macon County particularly should not miss this event.

Additionally, a pot of old fashioned Cowee-cooked beans will be on hand for sampling.

The Rickman Store is located in Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District, 259 Cowee Creek Road, next to Cowee Elementary School. This is seven miles north of Franklin off N.C. 28.

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