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 Johnny Richards'.
Johnny Richards has been in the seafood business for over sixty years. Just before his eighth birthday, he started helping his dad out on the family boat in Apalachicola Bay, Florida and has spent his summers shrimping and his winters oystering ever since. Today he works with his wife, Janice Richards at Tommy Ward's oyster house, 13 Mile. In this interview, he displays his optimism for the future of the Bay and his trust in the healing powers of Mother Nature.
We will be featuring all of Ashley's Gulf Coast interviews here on Okracast, so check back each week for new installments. For a short documentary about 13 Mile Oyster Company, please view Joe York's film Working the Miles.
Grab some headphones and go!