...and other affairs of plain living
August 28, 2010 3:02 PM Subscribe
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From the Wikipedia article
Founded by Eliot Wigginton in the 1960s, Foxfire has published Foxfire Magazine continuously since 1966, and the highly popular Foxfire books since 1972. Both the magazine and books are based on the stories and life of elders and students, featuring advice and personal stories about subjects as wide-ranging as hog dressing, faith healing, blacksmithing, and Appalachian history.
The magazine eventually evolved into a constructivist educational philosophy based on letting students discover the meaning and real-world relationship of information for themselves, instead of stressing rote memorization. Parallels are drawn with the philosopher John Dewey's experiential education
Last summer, my uncle in rural Missouri introduced me to the aforementioned 12-volume magazine anthology series. I (happily) wasted a weekend reading about traditional mountain skills, e.g. such as making one's own fiddle, homesteading, and preserving fruit. Turns out that the first three volumes of the anthology series were put online last year:
, and Three
For obvious reasons, they've also become quite popular with the Libertarian survivalist set.