Voices of Intergenerational Gardening: Grandfather and Grandson Talk Seeds and Harvest on Ozarks at Large

Pepper plants growing in Wills and Mader's garden. Spring 2012.

Pepper plants growing in Wills and Mader’s garden. Spring 2012.

You may recall a recent Seed and the Story column about grandfather and grandson Whitney Wills and Bryan Mader who’ve been gardening together on a small backyard plot in Dardanelle, Arkansas.

The column was written in partnership with our sister organization, the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action as part of the ongoing Garden Book project, an outreach project documenting the stories of small-scale growers in Pope and Yell Counties. The goal of the project is not only to document these stories, but also to support and encourage a larger community conversation about local food security, sustainale living and cross-cultural and intergenerational community partnerships.

The Garden Book also has a multi-media component and is working in partnership with the Ozarks at Large Program on KUAF 91.3 F.M., National Public Radio. Here’s the most recent installment in that radio series featuring Wills and Mader discussing planting the seeds, sharing the harvest, and their time spent together.

If you want to know more about the work at the McElroy House, get involved, or donate time, resources, or money to this volunteer group, please visit the McHouse online here. 

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