Friday, October 29


Photo by Ashley Hall

This summer, Ashley Hall, SFA member and freelance writer, embarked on a journey to collect stories relating to the effects of the Gulf oil spill. She traveled the coast from Biloxi, MS, to Apalachicola, FL, as a field correspondent for Gravy, the SFA foodletter, revisiting oral history subjects whenever possible. She collected some new voices, too--voices like Tommy Ward's.

Tommy Ward is one of the owners of 13 Mile Oyster Company in Apalachicola, Florida, founded by his father, Buddy Ward, in 1957. Tommy received the Keeper of the Flame Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2006 for his relentless devotion to 13 Mile through hardships and hurricanes. This interview illustrates the heartbreaking uncertainty and helplessness many seafood business owners felt after the oil spill.

We will be featuring all of Ashley's Gulf Coast interviews here on Okracast, so check back each week for new installments.

Grab some headphones and go!