On April 15, Ms. Reeves and her 3rd grade class planted in their Three Sisters' Garden as well as in the butterfly garden. As Ms. Reeves said, most of the students had done projects on Native Americans that had such a garden with corn, beans and squash. They students planted multi-colored Earth Tones Dent Corn, Rattlesnake Beans to twine up the corn stalks and Sugar Pie Pumpkins to cover the ground. The students will make succotash from the corn and beans in August when they are in 4th grade. Thanks to Renee's Garden which donated these and other seeds to our school.
"Corn, beans and squash, The Three Sisters, were the principal crops of the Iroquois and other Native American groups in the northeastern United States, at the time Europeans arrived here about 1600. By this time, the Iroquois had been planting these three crops together for about 300 years. Corn and beans are not native to this area; they originated in tropical America where they were cultivated by early peoples, long before these crops were cultivated in the northeastern United States. Pumpkins and similar types of squash have a tropical origin, as well." Quote from the New York State Museum.