The seeds of Growing Right were planted in Spring of 2014, when Project Director Jess Lamar Reece Holler (then a graduate student in public folklore) made a nervous phone-call to OEFFA’s Program Coordinator, Renee Hunt: Had OEFFA ever considered an oral history project?

Indeed — OEFFA had.

Plannning for the project began in 2015-2016, with early fieldwork interviews conducted in Summer 2016. In November 2016, Growing Right was awarded a major humanities Project Grant under the Toward a Beautiful Ohio Environmental Humanities theme from Ohio Humanities.

In 2017, Growing Right will continue its oral history and ethnographic fieldwork; build an accessible and dynamic digital oral history archive (using the Nunn Center’s Oral History Metadata Synchronizer to make oral histories full indexed & chapter-marked); develop a robust multi-media toolkit building from that archive; curate an analog and digital exhibition of the print cultural history of the ecological food and farm movement in Ohio.

Our project will be live on the web; but we’ll also bring Growing Right to you by “popping up” at farmers’ markets, food markets, community festivals and other venues across Central Ohio!

Stay tuned for more!