A Most Civil Union: from Reconstruction to Restaurateur

Jovan Sage and Matthew Raiford.

Brunswick, Georgia’s The Farmer & The Larder restaurant serves a forward-facing menu while paying homage to an agricultural legacy that reaches back to the Reconstruction era. Rose Reid reports the story of self-described “CheFarmer” Matthew Raiford’s family connection to the land, and how he and his partner, Jovan Sage, navigate a dual venture on the Georgia coast.

Please note: The Farmer & The Larder’s hours have changed since this story was reported. For details, please visit the restaurant’s website

Rose Reid is a podcast consultant and producer. An Atlanta native and part-time Southerner, Rose is currently based in Brooklyn. She also teaches technical classes and workshops for women in media. 

Resources and credits:

Gravy thanks Dr. Fred Opie of Babson College and Dr. Adrienne Petty of William & Mary for sharing their scholarly expertise on this episode.

Learn more about SAAFON, the Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network.

Visit the Raiford Family’s Gilliard Farms outside of Brunswick, GA.

Visit Sage’s Larder, Jovan Sage’s herbalism and holistic health site.