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With month-by-month guides, WALLACE SHARES her 60-odd years of GARDENING EXPERIENCE with the rest of us, telling us how to have yearround gardens and EDIBLE LANDSCAPES in all manner of spots. big tomatoes he could find,” Wallace says. “When he was satisfied, he sold individual plants for $1 each, a hefty sum in the 1930s (equal to $14 today). He used the money from selling tomato plants, nicknamed Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes to pay off his $6,000 mortgage in six years.” In 2016, the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) honored Wallace with their Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. Based out of the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, SFA presents the Craig Claiborne award to an individual “whom all thinking eaters should know, the sort of person who has made an indelible mark upon our cuisine and our culture, the sort of person

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who has set regional standards and catalyzed national dialogues.” Wallace fits that description to the proverbial “T.” These days, Wallace is working on bringing the genetic diversity back to the humble collard green. A 2014 project with a USDA extension office sought to find 90 varieties of the hardy green. Southern Exposure helped them locate 60, which Wallace hopes to be able to share with gardeners through the seed exchange in the coming years, expanding the current two-thirds collards catalog page offerings to two full pages. It’s an ambitious project that visibly excites Wallace. Our gardens and our tables eagerly await her work. ~

Profile for Ivy Publications

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017