Community: Grain of Truth
The Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum cultivates knowledge
South Carolina led the country’s rice production from the 17th to 19th centuries, immensely impacting the people, built environment, and cultural customs of the region. But now, experts worry that folks are losing understanding of those connections.
Enter the September 12-14 Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum. The event was convened by the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project, formed by Jonathan Green along with Richard Weedman and Thomas Tisdale. Seeking to raise understanding of the integral grain, they partnered with organizations including Middleton Place, the Culinary Institute of Charleston, and the College of Charleston to share information with people who can pass it along to a broader audience.
To that end, teachers, community leaders, public historians, and cultural site docents will spend three days enriching their knowledge through demonstrations and discussions, tastings with chefs from the Culinary Institute of Charleston, and hands-on experiences in Middleton Place’s rice fields.
“So much of what we see, do, hear, and eat in the Lowcountry has ties back to the rice culture,” explains Jane Aldrich, Lowcountry Rice Culture Project executive director. “By making sure our ‘come heres’ and next generations understand what is here, how it came to be, and why it is important, perhaps we can avoid the pitfalls of a non-concerned citizenry.” Learn more at www.lowcountryriceculture.org.
(Sustenance Rice by Jonathan Green) Courtesy of Jonathan Green Studios