PhotoPhotos of Sylvester Mole, Sr.
Sylvester Mole, Sr
Sugar cane syrup maker from Hampton, SC (Hampton County). Sugar cane has long been a staple crop throughout the south - from Texas up through the Carolinas. Traditionally grown in small quantities on individual farms, one acre of sugar cane would usually produce around 300 gallons of syrup. A cold weather activity, sugar cane is harvested before the first frost, and milled or "pressed" soon after harvesting. Interview and photographs by Michael Chiarappa.
NOTE: Transcripts are not available yet for the audio.
AudioMr. Mole reflects on the importance of "planting by the signs."
AudioMole speaks about the different kinds of sugar cane.
AudioMole on how freezing can ruin sugar cane.