For much of the 19 th Century, Carolina Gold rice was a favorite of American rice growers, before disappearing in the early 20 th Century. Brought back to life in the 1980s, it again occupies a much beloved, if niche, place in the South's canon of heirloom ingredients. Now, Hagood Coxe , a daughter of a Carolina Gold farmer , wants to make sake, a Japanese rice wine, out of the grain.
Are prison diets punitive? A report from behind bars
Is prison food causing problems for public health? Gravy investigates.
Access Denied: Cooperative Extension and Tribal Lands
Cooperative extension is a century-old government program that places agricultural agents in counties to educate and work with farmers. But for years, agents failed to show up for Native American communities.
Preserving Community Canneries
Community canneries–facilities, often subsidized by local government, where people can in bulk–are closing. With groceries easily available even in rural communities, there's less need. And with busy schedules, people have less time for the labor-intensive process of canning their own food. But people who continue to use the still-operational canneries, like Arnold and Donna Lafon, find community and pride in the practice.
Mahalia Jackson's Glori-Fried Chicken
In addition to her work as an international recording artist and civil rights activist, the Queen of Gospel entered the restaurant business in the late 1960s with Mahalia Jackson’s Glori-fried Chicken. The fast food chain was more than a brand extension for the star; it was the first African American-owned franchise in the South. Producer Betsy Shepherd tells how Mahalia used the gospel bird to push for economic empowerment in the black community.