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Seed-Saving Walk and Talk with Dan Kelleher and Rachael Jones at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY)
In this final garden visit of the 2021 Grow and Tell Project series, the community is invited to participate in a walk and discussion at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY) focused on ideas and practices of seed-saving. Saving seed that’s been reproduced is essential for continued eating as well as for preserving varieties of food that have special meaning to individuals, communities, and the region. Hear from littleGrasse farmers Bob Washo and Flip Filippi and others about what they do with saving seed, how, and why, and join in a conversation about this vital topic while having a chance to see some examples of what the process looks like on a working farm.

Special guests will include Dan Kelleher, a North Country homesteader of over 40 years who has long been breeding his own corn and soy varieties for his subsistence diet and sharing knowledge about it with students and others, and Rachael Jones, a ceramics and mixed media artist, St. Lawrence University Art professor, and founder of The Seed Bank Project, creating and planting unique seed banks to preserve not only important seeds but a record of local ecologies and the stories that go with them. The event will also include planting of one of these seed banks containing seeds contributed by the day’s presenters. 

For this event, there is a “pay as you will” suggested donation of $0-25 to support TAUNY’s ongoing programs and projects, including the Grow and Tell Project. Please register for this event here.


At the peak of the summer time, while everything is so green and lush, we paid a visit to herbalist, native plant conservationist, and TAUNY North Country Living Traditions Award recipient Jane Desotellle in Plattsburgh, NY for our Grow and Tell video project. Watch this video here, see how Jane grows her wild edible and medicinal garden, and listen to the stories that she shares about family, friends, traditions, and plants.
Tending the Wild Edible Garden with Jane Desotelle
Photo captions: Left to right, Eagle & stars; Four Flower Baskets; Mama & Baby Bear
In association with TAUNY's 35th year anniversary, Board Member Ruth McWilliams designed, painted and donated three barn quilts to raffle in support of TAUNY's programs and operations. The designs were all inspired by objects in our current exhibition Folk Arts All Around Us. Tickets are $35 each, 5 tickets maximum per person. ONLY 35 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR EACH BARN QUILT.

The retail value of each barn quilt is $350. The drawing will take place once all 35 tickets are sold or on October 25, 2021 after the Folk Arts All Around Us exhibit closes (whichever comes first). Winner need not be present to win. To purchase tickets, please visit the Folkstore, mail payment to TAUNY, 53 Main St., Canton, NY 13617. You can see the barn quilts on display in The TAUNY Center. They are very impressive in person!

TAUNY turns 35 this year! In honor of this occasion, we’ll bring you our 35@35 series, featuring highlights from TAUNY’s history.

From the very beginning, we’ve loved developing exhibits at TAUNY. Through exhibits, we’ve been able to share so many wonderful people and places in our North Country. Here’s our list of 35 favorite exhibits from the past!


Folk Arts All Around Us

New Exhibit Showcases Folk Art from Glens Falls Collection

Bald Eagle woodcarving by Alan Hill (Gansevoort, Saratoga County, NY).

The current exhibition at The TAUNY Center is featuring over 120 items from the folk art collection of the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY. Folk Arts All Around Us is open at The TAUNY Center. Curated by Folklife Center Director Todd DeGarmo, who has had primary vision and responsibility for building the collection during his long tenure at the Center, the exhibition is a colorful and varied display that demonstrates DeGarmo's eclectic approach to collecting. Ranging from exquisitely fine wood carvings to bright Papier-mâché festival masks, the selections include items that reflect the rural context in which DeGarmo works, such as a turkey call and hand-knit mittens. Baskets have been a focus of the collection; visitors to the exhibition will see stunning examples. Dolls have also been a focus, and examples representing different cultural backgrounds are included in the exhibition. Folk Arts All Around Us will be on display through October 23. Due to the pandemic, there will not be an opening reception on February 13, but there are plans to schedule a reception with DeGarmo later in the year.

If you are not able to visit us in person just yet, watch the videos below to enjoy the exhibition and the stories behind some of the pieces.
Walk through Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition with Curator Todd DeGarmo
A Walk through the Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition
Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition Virtual Event: A Discussion with Curator Todd DeGarmo
Folk Arts All Around Us Exhibition Virtual Event: A Discussion with Curator Todd DeGarmo

A “Grow and Tell Project Call: Share Your Story! 

Will you be growing anything this year that is connected to your personal, family, community, or cultural food traditions? 
As part of our collaboration with littleGrasse Foodworks Community Farm on the 2021 “Grow and Tell Project”, we’re looking to learn about how the food we grow reflects and helps sustain our food traditions. From a single potted plant to small kitchen gardens to homestead plots and everything in between—we’d love to hear your stories of the food you grow, the meaningful meals you make with it, and more! Drop us a line at or 315-386-4289.
Photo Captions: Starting top left, moving clockwise: First fresh greens of the season in the littleGrasse Foodworks Community Farm greenhouse, March 2021. Growing and preserving food are important North Country traditions. Over the years, Dawn Atkinson of Pierrepont, NY (TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipient) has regularly preserved hundreds of jars of vegetables, meat, jams, pickles, and more in a season, all from her farm and garden. Rosemary growing in the TAUNY Center classroom window.

TAUNY's Open Call for Personal Collections

Do you or does someone you know have a collection related to folk art and/or traditional life in the North Country? We’d like to hear about it! In 2021, we’ll showcase collections from around our region in a revival of our popular Personal Collections Series. Contact TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit,, 315-386-4289.

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