PHOTO BY Bill fAVIR
THIS (IROSREAK is enjoying sun flower seal, from the plant that is the only commercial crop na
tive to North America.
First Comes The Seed
BY IHLL KAVKR
There were some surprises in an interesting Kntk
reviewed in the UTNE Reader recently. The study en
titled First The Seed, by Jack
Kloppcnburg Jr., deals with the
geographical origin for most of
our commercial crops Some that
J we think of as typically
I V / "American" had their beginnings
in areas far distant from us.
Others have spread throughout the
/world, brought over the oceans by
trading ships and conquering
,, V..B armies or well-meaning mission
aries and diplomats. Some were
commercial ventures by colonial companies who
sought maximum returns from their activities.
Soybeans, oranges, rice and tea had their begin
nings in China and Japan, while the Indo-Chinese
countries gave us bananas, coconuts, yams, rice, ami
sugar cane. Jute and rice were from Hindustan. From
the European and Siberian areas we get oats and rye.
The countries along the Mediterranean contributed
sugar beets, cabbage, rape seed (for oil), and olives,
both for oil and for die olives themselves. Asiatic
countries can claim the origin of wheat, barley,
grapes, apples, linseed, sesame, anil lla.v
Palm oil and palm kernels were originally Irom
Africa. Coffee, millet, and sorghum arc also African
in origin. Latin America is responsible for mai/.c (or
corn potatoes, sweet potatoes cocoa, cassava, toma
toes, tobacco, rubber, and cotton. And from cotton,
we gel the lint, cottonseed oil, and cottonseed meal.
The only native crop we can claim in North
America is the sunflower. Australia cannot claim ori
gin of any commercial crops. We can almost sec our
history as we think about the crops we now grow and
the countries where they originated. Some of the
crops were being grown by the native Americans
when the Europeans came. Some were brought in by
the new settlers and became the basis ol the new agri
cultural economy they introduced. Others became the
basis of agricultural research stations to test how they
would grow in the New World. Some were introduced
Now if we can just find a commercial use for
kud/u. we can add another crop to those we got from
Japan anil we can beuin an economic bonanza for the
Calabash Sets Sept. 15 Public
Hearing On New Zoning Rules
iiY dolk; ruttkr
Calabash residents get a chance
next week 10 comment on proposed
rules on peddling, sidewalk sales
and yard sales and a plan to form an
architectural and landscaping com
Nine ordinances drafted and re
viewed by town officials over the
last few months w ill be the topic of
a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 10,
at 6 p.m. in the town hall.
This is the second wave of ordi
nances that has been developed
since the 1489 merger of the old
Town of Calabash and Carolina
Shores. If adopted, they would ap
ply to the town and extraterritorial
Commissioners adopted about 20
new regulations earlier this year
dealing with everything from signs
and refuse containers to noise and
Some of the new ordinances were
supposed to go to public hearing July
17, but they weren't ready in time.
Other proposals that had been ad
vertised for the public hearing in
July, including rules on off-street
parking and subdivisions, still
haven't been completed.
Among the proposals to be dis
cussed next week is one that would
prohibit peddling with a few excep
Everyone except fishermen and
farmers would be prohibited from
selling from wagons, trucks or stands
along streets and other public places.
Brunswick County fishermen
who buy a S5 vendor permit would
be allowed to sell their catch on pri
vate property with permission of the
owner. Also, farm produce grown
and sold on the seller's own proper
ty would be allowed with the pur
chase of an annual permit.
Yard and (iarage Sales
People who want to hold a yard
or garage sale would have to buy a
S5 permit front the town under an
other promised ordinance.
Residents wouldn't he allowed to
have more than two sales per year
and each sale would be limited to
two days. Sales wouldn't be al
lowed to start before 8 a.m. or end
alter 4 p.m.
To advertise yard and garage
sales, people would be allowed to
put up two off-site directional signs
and other signs where the sale is
Another ordinance would prohib
it most sidewalk sales in and around
Merchants in the Central Busi
ness district would be allowed to
display merchandise outside during
festivals and other activities ap
proved by town commissioners for
civic, church and political groups.
Architecture and Landscaping
The proposed architectural and
landscaping control commission
would "implement the architectural
plan" lor Calabash and "encourage
and preserve the highest order of
design and construction standards"
for homes, businesses and public
The nine-member commission
would study visual problems of the
town and ETA and develop and car
ry out plans to improve the appear
ance of Calabash.
The board would recommend or
dinances designed to enhance the
beauty of the town and point out or
dinance enforcement problems that
affect lite town's appearance to
county and town officials.
Streets and Sidewalks
Other proposed rules coming up
lor public hearing next week ileal
with the obstruction and excavation
of streets and sidewalks.
The rules would allow mailboxes
and newspaper boxes in the street
right of way. Residents who put
fences or plant shrubs in the pub
licly-owned area next to the road
would do so at their own risk.
Fences and walls less than three
feet tall and small plants would be
allowed, but not within six feet of
the pavement. The town could ask
property owners to clear the right of
way if it needs to use the area.
The rules also would require any
one who wanted to dig a ditch or
trench under a street or sidewalk or
build a sidewalk or driveway on
public pro|K'rty to get a town permit
CAM A Permits
Two of the proposed ordinances
would allow the town to issue mi
nor CAV1A permits which arc re
quired for development in Areas of
Environmental Concern such as
marshes and river banks.
Those per mils are now issued
through the N.C. Division ol Coast
al Management office in Wilming
ton. Building Inspector Ed Schaack
recently became certified to issue
minor CAMA permits.
A proposed ordinance setting
penalties for criminal and civil vio
lations also will be discussed at next
Town officials have proposed
fines of up to S50 plus court costs
and attorney fees lor civil violations
and fines up to S5(X) or 30 days in
jail as a criminal penalty.
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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Police Chief Gause Earns Certificate
Shallollc Police Chiel Rodney
(iausc was recently awarded the
the N.C. Crim
inal Justice Hd
certificate is the
cate awarded to law enforcenient
and criminal justice olficcrs in
To qualify, officers must com
plete a combination ol professional
training and relevant education and
meet minimum experience require
Ciause was one ol 1 12 olficcrs to
receive the advanced ccrtilicate at
the commission's quarterly meeting
Aug. 23 in Raleigh.
Four Brunswick County residents
were among the 1 .500 students who
earned degrees from the University
To the editor:
For the past ten years we have
vacationed at Ocean Isle Beach and
have enjoyed the climate, atmo
sphere and people of the area to the
degree that we intend to one day re
locate to that area.
This year we had the misfortune
to experience car troubles and. at
the same lime, we had the gixnl for
tune to encounter a number of local
businesses anil individuals who
went out of their way to assist us.
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Degree recipients are Trisha Lynn
Mollut ol Calabash, bachelor ol arts
in political science; Tammy Lynn
Schcid of Calabash bachelor ol sci
ence in nursing; Dorothy Lianne
Gore of Shallolle, bachelor ol sci
ence in biology; and Keith Allen
Lanklord ol Leland, master's in re
Judith Arnold, a sixth grade
teacher at Shallolle Middle School,
completed a "Current Topics 111
Mathematics Education" course this
summer at Last Carolina University.
She was one ol 62 public school
math and science leathers who
completed courses in ECU'S Sum
mer Institutes program for elemen
tary and middle grade teachers.
The program was given through
the LCI Science and Mathematics
Education Center in conjunction
w ith the N.C. Mathematics anil Sci
ence Education Network and the
N.C. Department of Public Instruc
Earn UNCW Degrees
l our Brunswick County residents
received bachelor degrees from the
University of North Carolina at
Wilmington following summer ses
Ifiey are: David Wendell Hen
nett. of Route 4, Shallotte; Keith
Alexander lurr. ol Holden Beach;
Amy Patricia Morton, ol Holden
Beach; and Dewayne Carson
Varnai.i, ol Kouie 2, Supply.
Affends ROT C Camp
Art is L. Hill, a 19HX graduate ot
North Brunswick High School hi
Leland, attended the K( )'IC ail
vanced camp at I ort Lewis in "laco
Hill, a student at Pembroke State
University, is the son of Artis R
Bryant, ol Route I, I .eland, and
Bonnie F. Hill, of Route 2. Riegel
Cadets attend the camp to receive
instruction in communications,
management and survival training
He is now eligible lor commission
as a second lieutenant in the I S
Army, Guard, or Reserves.
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