Mole, Sylvester 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.
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Different kinds of sugar cane (00:28)
Planting by the moon (00:40)
Freezing ruins sugar cane (00:28)