Congratulations to the 2023 Appalachian
Foodways Practitioner Fellows!

Baltimore, MD – April 5, 2023 – Mid Atlantic Arts Central Appalachia Living Traditions Program, in partnership with Grow Appalachia and the Appalachian Studies Association, is thrilled to announce the 2023 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows. The Fellowships are intended to honor, celebrate, and support foodways tradition bearers and practitioners in Central Appalachia who have made significant and long-term contributions to sustaining and supporting the foodways heritage of their respective communities. 

Fellows may include, but are not limited to home cooks and bakers, seed savers, farmers, community elders, keepers of recipes and traditional foodways knowledge, hunters, and foragers, who have made significant and long-term contributions to sustaining and supporting the foodways heritage of their respective communities. 

Fellows must be from an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) designated county and state and priority was given to applicants from Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

The 2023 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows are: 

Femeika Elliott
Knoxville, Tennessee 
Sergio Herrera is shot from the waist up in front of a brick building with a glass door. He holds a white plate containing traditional Chilean food. He wears a bright yellow Tshirt has a dark short beard and wears glasses.
Sergio Herrera
Mifflintown, Pennsylvania 
Jason Tartt is sitting outside with his elbows resting on his knees. He wears jeans a black shirt gold necklace and burgundy bandanna on his head. He has a short dark bread. Behind him a yellow building can be seen.
Jason B. Tartt, Sr.
Berwind, West Virginia

Learn more about the 2023 Fellows here

The 2023 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows were honored at an awards ceremony and invited to present at a session at the 2023 Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference in Athens, Ohio. In addition to the monetary award of $4,000 to support their ongoing community-based work, fellows received a unique physical award created by Berea College Student Craft

The Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships are part of the Recognizing Folk Arts and Culture Champions component of Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) – a multi-year program designed to promote the understanding, and recognition of folk arts and culture in Central Appalachia through a three-part program that invests in folk arts communities while seeding new folk and traditional arts experiences and honoring underrecognized practitioners of Central Appalachian traditions across the region. 

Learn more about the program here.

Grow Appalachia Logo. Right side are the words Grow Appalachia stacked in block format. Right side on the same line are three stick figure people hand to hand. Below both across the bottom are the words Berea College. The logo is black copy on a white background.
A circle composed of triangles of purple, yellow, and blue sits to the right. On the left the words Central Appalachia Living Traditions are visible in purple.

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