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firecatinc
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lenora
Fulks Run VA
USA
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Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  1:54:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone else love the FoxFire series?

Nora
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Aug 16 2018 :  07:08:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lenore, I absolutely love these books and have a few of my own. I am quite interested in Appalachian culture as I grew up in Charlottesville, Va. and the Blue Ridge Mountains are a part of my fond memories of childhood. Recently, I purchased several books after reading the book Aunt Airie, a Foxfire Portrait. They are great resources of the people and their lives from a culture that formed the backbone of the hills and hollows that runs the spine of Virginia, Tennessee,a bit of Kentucky, and ending in North Carolina. My own personal interest in log cabin living also prompted me to learn more from Foxfire books because they spend many chapters talking about building, cooking, living and making do during some of the United State's deepest financial woes in the 20th Century.

What are your favorite Foxfire topics and how did you come about finding them and reading more?

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3602 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3602 Posts

Posted - Aug 23 2018 :  11:45:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nora, I was a young wife and mom when the Foxfire series was first started. I was hooked right away even though we lived in the heart of a huge city. We didn't have much money so we made use of farmer's market, group buying and sharing. I have the entire Foxfire series.

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firecatinc
True Blue Farmgirl

1249 Posts

Lenora
Fulks Run VA
USA
1249 Posts

Posted - Aug 23 2018 :  5:01:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love all the home made sections, quilting, tools, and all. Jay asked for some for Christmas one year. I was hooked. I love the way it is written as it was relayed to the interviewers. Winnie, I grew up just across the mountain from Charlottesville a little north of Harrisonburg. It could have been told by my grandmother on daddy's side.

Nora
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4990 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4990 Posts

Posted - Aug 24 2018 :  08:32:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lenora, that is so cool that we grew up not far from each other!!! I love Virginia and it will always hold my heart. One of my favorite Foxfire books is on Woodstove cooking and The Foxfire Book. My Grandmother cooked on a big old black wood stove and to this day, I am still fascinated at how they work and would love to try and cook on one. The Foxfire Book gives specific directions on how to build a log cabin, mountain crafts and foods, gardening, faith healing, moonshine making and "other affairs of plain living!! LOL!! Pretty much a testimony on how to live the old fashioned way in Appalachia. What is of particular interest to me is also how much wisdom is found in these old ways and now ingenious they were to make-do on many problems and issues.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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Cissik
True Blue Farmgirl

509 Posts

Sylvia
Kent WA
USA
509 Posts

Posted - Aug 25 2018 :  4:09:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love these books.


Sylvia
Kent, WA
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firecatinc
True Blue Farmgirl

1249 Posts

Lenora
Fulks Run VA
USA
1249 Posts

Posted - Aug 25 2018 :  5:57:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winnie, I had an aunt that cooked for all the farm hands on a wood kitchen stove everyday for as long as I could remember. Some of the best meals I can remember. I haven't cooked on one, but I have kept chili, soup and stew warm on one. It's so much fun reading them. I think I was born 100 years too late. LOL

Nora
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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

437 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
437 Posts

Posted - Aug 26 2018 :  5:19:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Foxfire Series are amazing. I have the whole set and believe these are nearly sacred in preserving lost skills and knowledge from the pioneer and agrarian ages. Annie

"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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