Urban Foraging in Jackson

Shout-out to Jesse L. Yancy for sharing some of the hidden bounty that Jackson Mississippi has to offer.

Made in Mississippi

When the ground begins to warm around the end of March, I begin looking, on my frequent walks around the decaying buildings in the heart of Jackson, for the first shoots of poke salad, which Euell Gibbons lauds as “probably the best-known and most widely-used wild vegetable in America.”

A month later, Jake and I drive to the abandoned lots off West Fortification and pick the blackberries we find there growing in abundance. Near that same spot, in early June, I harvest the sweet little red plums from thorny, stunted trees along the railroad tracks near Pleasant Avenue and black cherries from a tree on Greymont down near the fairgrounds. In the early summer, I gather pears and figs from around abandoned houses in Belhaven Heights down off High Street. And in October through November, all over the city, pecan trees drop tons of nuts, though some years are good…

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Presentation of Scholarships and Grant at Soul City Showcase

This weekend, Comcast will recognize the 2014 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program during the Soul City Showcase. Since the scholarship program’s inception, there have been over 19,000 winners totaling more than $19 million in scholarship funds.

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Mark Your Calendar: Soul City Showcase & Expo

Jackson is gearing up to host the much anticipated Soul City Showcase & Expo this weekend at the Jackson Convention Complex.  Besides great food and music the two day event boasts:

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