Claire Ackerman, SFA oral history intern, with a box of vegetables from
Woodson Ridge Farms. Photo by Amy Evans Streeter.
Claire Ackerman, a graduate student in public history at Middle Tennessee State University, is visiting Oxford this week to work alongside SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter. Claire is the recipient of this year's in-house internship in oral history.
Claire's first couple of days in Oxford were spent at the computer, but this morning she accompanied Amy into the field. Literally. They visited Woodson Ridge Farms in Oxford, a vegetable farm just northeast of town that's owned by Luke and Elizabeth Heiskell, recent transplants from the Delta. Amy and Claire spent the morning with Elizabeth, touring the farm and listening to stories about the Heiskell's newest venture (they've only been farming since February). After the interview, Elizabeth loaded us down with just-picked tomatoes, squash, eggplants, and cantaloupes.
Freshly-picked tomatoes at Woodson Ridge Farms.
Photograph by Amy Evans Streeter.
Did we mention tomatoes? All of the tomatoes pictured above were hand-picked this morning and sit ready to be delivered to customers near and far.
Our interview with Woodson Ridge Farms is part of a new project documenting produce farms in Mississippi. Look for this interview and others to appear as part of our online archive in the early fall.