Laura Patricia Ramírez, Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame

Sixteen years ago, SFA awarded the first Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award to Bill Best, the Kentucky farmer and seed saver. To honor the legacy of Ms. Fertel, and to honor Bill Best’s commitment to biodiversity, Randy Fertel committed dollars from his family foundation, and SFA commissioned a Joe York film and feted Best here … Continued

Red Dog

“They call me the ambassador of Highlands… That means you take care of business, you do what you need to do to make people happy.”

On the Fly with Phila

When we honored Phila Hach with our Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award at this year’s symposium, we had no idea how many delightful stories would come our way about the Tennessee legend.

A Frozen Toast to Phila

In SFA’s year of pop culture, Phila Hach easily fit the bill as our 2015 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame.

The Joy of Listening

In case you missed it, oral historian Amy C. Evans recently interviewed SFA filmmaker Joe York for The Local Palate.

A Fresh Look: Buttermilk

Last February, Garden & Gun magazine’s Robert Moss explained the difference between the “buttermilk” you might find at your local supermarket, and the rare, traditional buttermilk that is a product of churning butter. That’s the kind on which Earl Cruze has built his reputation.