OKRACAST: Mothers and Chickens

Levee Run Farm - Leann Hines - Greenwood Farmers' Market 

Welcome to Okracast, the podcast of the Southern Foodways Alliance! This week, Desiree Robinson of Cozy Corner BBQ in Memphis, TN pays homage to her mother. Mrs. Robinson says that she started cooking at eight years old, and after all these years, she still loves her mother’s cornbread recipe. You can learn more about Mrs. Robinson on our Spoken Dish series.

Also, SFA lead oral historian Amy Evans takes us to the Mississippi Delta for a visit with Leann Hines. Mrs. Hines owns Levee Run Farm just outside of Greenwood, MS, where she raises farm-fresh eggs as well as pastured poultry of all kinds. In 2007, Mrs. Hines fell ill. She was diagnosed with West Nile poliomyelitis and consigned to a wheelchair. Mrs. Hines discusses her battles with polio and how she’s modified her lifestyle—and farm—to accommodate.

This week Amy brought her oral history workshop group to visit Levee Run Farm. Keep an eye out for a follow-up interview with Mrs. Hines soon!