Reviving Heirloom Rice in the Face of Climate Change

SC Farmer, Rollen Chalmers, is building on the cultural and scientific knowledge of his Gullah roots and family to lead a movement to revive the cultivation of traditional heirloom rices in the Lowcountry.

Chalmers was recently interviewed by Civil Eats.
Check out his story below and keep your eyes out for Carolina heirloom rice!

“Chalmers is now what Glenn Roberts, founder of the South Carolina grain company Anson Mills, calls a “quiet force” behind the food revival of the Sea Islands and, in particular, the renewed interest in heirloom rices. Though his face and name are largely absent from documentaries about the subject, Chalmers is responsible for developing many acres of the grain, “from north of Hilton Head Island down into Georgia,” Roberts says. All along the way, he’s been restoring habitat and heritage.”

“How a South Carolina Farmer Is Adapting an Heirloom Rice to Withstand Climate Change”


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