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David S. Shields


Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and Chair of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation and Head of the Slow Food Ark of Taste for the South, Dr. David Shields published his history of Lowcountry cuisine and agriculture,   Southern Provisions in 2015.  He is currently building a website surveying the most significant southern heirloom fruits, named Old Southern Orchards


Glenn F. Roberts 


As founder of Anson Mills, Glenn has been at the forefront of reestablishing Carolina Gold Rice as a viable Southern crop. He is  passionate about growing, harvesting, and milling other nearly extinct varieties of heirloom corn and wheat organically. When he sold all his worldly possessions and started Anson Mills back in 1998, Glenn envisioned recreating the Southern larder by bringing back ingredients that had vanished over time: grits, cornmeal, Carolina Gold rice, graham and biscuit flour. The Carolina Gold Foundation is an offshoot of Glenn's passionate curiosity for grains, agriculture, and history.   


Merle Shepard


Emeritus professor of Entomology with Clemson University, Dr. Shepard directed the graduate degree programs of 25 students.  He lived in southeast Asia for eight years as head of the Entomology Department of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and as team leader for a project on integrated pest management in Indonesia. He has authored and/or co-authored over 150 publications and has published five books and numerous book chapters