Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

I am a professor of sustainable food systems and environmental studies at Guilford College. I’ve been stewarding seeds and culturally significant crop varieties for around 15 years, and these practices are central to my interests as a teacher, researcher, grower, story-teller, and earth-citizen. We keep three varieties of collards at Guilford College, all traditionally from North Carolina.

Why are collards special?

Collards embody the complicated, convoluted, and often painful history of cultural confluence distinct to the American South.

What’s Your Favorite Way To Eat Collards?

I like collards the traditional way (braised), though modified to a good bit to accommodate my vegetarian son. In place of the traditional smoked meat, I add chipotle pepper and bit a adobo sauce for the smoky flavor, and also for the heat. Otherwise, just cooked down in liquid with onion and garlic. Served with cornbread (which is essential).