Executive Master Gardeners helped more than 30 students from Eastern and Western Tribes, Southeast Alaska, and Tuba City, Arizona on Wednesday, April 27, 20ll in Washington, DC. The students came to plant vegetable seeds that are indigenous to North America. The plants in particular are known as the Roots of American Agriculture, the design is that of a Hidatsa Three Sisters Garden, the traditional design of the Hidatsa people. In the northern planes, the Hidatsa, Mandan, and Arikara peoples gardened along the floodplain of the Missouri River using this design. It is designed to have alternating, staggered rows of corn and beans, with sunflowers growing along the northern edge of the garden. Squash is planted after every row of corn and beans and around the east, south, and west edges of the garden. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
April 29, 2014
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