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"Negroes in the North are right when they refer to the South as the Old Country.  A Negro born in the North who finds himself in the South is in a position similar to that of the son of the Italian emigrant who finds himself in Italy, near the village where his father first saw …

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Why this Project is Important to Me–A Last Call to Contribute and Act

Wow.... Sitting here right now its almost sunset in the DC area and this computer is about to be shut off in honor of the Sabbath.  It's been a ride like no other.....this journey to making this dream of mine to find my roots and trace them through food--and bring people together across lines of …

Note to Our Fellow Campaigners–We Love You and Keep Going :)

Why We Donated:  A Call to Inspiration A few months ago I'd never even heard of crowdfunding.  The word is so new that my spell check doesn't know that it's real.  Now less than two days from our campaign's end, I'm knee deep in a culture of democratic philanthropy that has a lot of people …

Partnering With the George Washington Carver Seed Bank

We will be partnering with The George Washington Carver Seed Bank to work with African American farmers and Reverend Al Sampson to create a seed bank for African American food systems. This is a crucial and fundamental part of the Cooking Gene.  We started talking to Reverend Sampson months ago and his project is exactly …

This Morning’s Grist.Org Piece

Claire Thompson did a very nice interview/write up on The Cooking Gene--Southern Discomfort Tour for Grist.Org! We have SIXTY SIX HOURS TO GO at this point---so I wish I could say I wasn't worried but I am--and we really need your help--this is extremely important to a lot of people and I don't want to …

That Cotton Thing…and Food….

Friendly Reminder:  Sunday May 6th at 11:59 pm our campaign is done.  Its going to mean cutting places, venues, community service opportunies, and losing time to do genealogical research if we don't make our goal--so please please please don't take my work here for granted and all the sweat our team has put into this …

Garden Time and Identity

We have four days left to raise some 3,000 plus for our campaign.  Over 600 people viewed this blog yesterday.  If only 180 had made a contribution to our Campaign of 18$ or more, the Campaign would have been an overnight success...We need you---Now.  Please contribute 18 or more today:  www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour Climate change is real.  While we are …

Are You Really What You Eat? Or are You the Meals that You Cook?

"Over Yonder" Cooking at the GreenmarketWe have four days left to raise some 3,000 plus for our campaign.  Over 600 people viewed this blog yesterday.  If only 180 had made a contribution to our Campaign of 18$ or more, the Campaign would have been an overnight success…We need you—Now.  Please contribute 18 or more today:  www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour When I …

Good Luck Food for the Soul

Please keep your eye posted for my essay on the African origins of rice and bean dishes in Rice and Beans by Berg press, 2012!  We have four days left to raise some 3,000 plus for our campaign.  Over 600 people viewed this blog yesterday.  If only 180 had made a contribution to our Campaign of 18$ or more, the …