2008 Recipient: Harold and Nancy Long

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Fruits & Vegetables

Harold and Nancy Long of the Cherokee Reservation are growing organic and heirloom tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and berries for local restaurants and tailgate markets.

Harold has grown vegetables using traditional Cherokee methods since 1962. They prefer heirloom varieties so that they can give people a "taste experience." They save their seed, which they sell online, at the tailgate market and to area shops.

Harold and Nancy Long

"The grant allowed us to expand and go strictly heirloom and organic as we can afford to try fish emulsions, fencing, pole beans and other techniques," Nancy said.

Cherokee Reservation

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