Purple Ribbon Sugarcane
SICARS is expanding cultivation of heritage crops, in the interest of revitalizing an economic base and gainful reasons for descendants to return to the land they call home.  The descendant residents of Sapelo Island maintain knowledge and skills that have been passed down for generations -- but if there is not a concerted effort to provide economic sustainability for the next generation of island residents, many fear this culture will disappear. 

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Update: Inventory for Fall 2020 is sold out. Thanks to all who supported us and our mission by purchasing syrup from the 2020 harvest! Check back Fall 2021 for more syrup.

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Purple Ribbon Sugarcane News Feed


Raising Cane (Bitter Southerner, 2020)

Sweet (and Sticky) Redemption (Scalawag Magazine, 2020)

Southern Sugarcane Revival (Hakai Magazine, 2016)

The Return Of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane (Georgia Public Broadcasting, 2016)


Sapelo Island Sugarcane (Clemson University PSA, 2015)

How Slaves Shaped American Cooking (National Geographic, 2014)