Re: Native American/children's garden
I saw some interesting books in the Seed Savers catalog. Titles they offer include Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (reportedly excellent for teachers), Brother Crow, Sister Corn (Mandan, Hidatsa and Comanche), and Buffalo Bird Woman's garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians. If you wanted to buy one of these through Seed Savers, they cost $10-16; Seed Savers' number is 319-382-5990.
I would love to hear more about garden projects that showcase American Indian cultural traditions!!!
-- Irene Sadowski
> There is a good resource list that seems to be reliable and
>You may want to look over the site. At one point they reviewed
>a wonderful sounding book on teaching children about Native
>American Gardens. I've spent an hour looking for it. When I
>find it, I'll post it. I meant to buy it. I run our homeschool
> I have not completely reviewed but did buy it: you might
>want to find a copy of Jospeh Bruchac's "Native Plant Stories".
>I'm sure not about accuracy. I have to have time to read it
>before commenting. Nothing objectionable from an Indigenous
>American's point of view that I've seen yet.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: kelly brown <email@example.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 1999 7:49 AM
>Subject: [cg] Native American/children's garden
>> Dear Sunday,
>> Hi, have you tried Native SEEDS/SEARCH. They specialize in
>> from Mexico and the Southwest Native Americans. They may
>> resources for your Native American garden in their catalogue.
>> is 2509 N. Campbell Ave. #325 Tucson, AZ 85719. This
>address is about
>> five years old, I hope it is still correct.
>> Thanks for the information on the book Growing Together by
>Betty Morgan. It
>> sounds great.
>> Kelly Brown
>> >In addition to the wonderful resources available on the Web,
>I want to plug
>> >a great book I have used which I believe incorporates many
>> >activities published in a plethora of children's gardening
>> >called Growing Together: Activities to use in your
>> >horticultural therapy programs for children. It's by Betty
>Morgan, and was
>> >published by the Pittsburgh, PA Civic Garden Center, 1059
>> >Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
>> >In addition to having all the activities I've seen
>elsewhere, and more,
>> >it's a 300-page cerlox bound volume so it lays flat. It's a
>> >activity has a list of supplies, and it assumes no great
>> >horticultural knowledge.
>> >As for your other ideas and questions, I'd like to have
>> >too. This was also our first year, and mostly I tried to
>make it fun. We
>> >grew a Pizza Garden which was a big hit. Another part of our
>> >that worked very well as a teaching garden was a traditional
>> >American Three Sisters Garden (corn, beans and squash). It
>> >opportunity to get to know three very different species, and
>> >ideas about organic methods, nutrition, companion planting,
>> >indigenous people and the plants they cultivated.
>> >One thing I'll be working on for next season is more Native
>> >involvement, with people who can tell stories and have some
>> >the Three Sisters design. Also, I am looking for more music
>> >as tapes and songbooks with garden-related themes.
>> >How is your children's garden structured? Is is a part of an
>> >community garden? Ours is an after-school program located in
>> >currently in a Parks Dept. facility that really lends itself
>to gardening -
>> >a model farm in an urban setting. One advantage to being out
>> >schoolyard is that we can run all summer and keep the
>interest level up
>> >during the summer season.
>> >Sunday Harrison
>> >Green Thumbs/Growing Things Children's Garden
>> >Toronto, Ontario
>> >At 3:07 PM 13/11/99, Kirsten Walter (by way of Lucy Bradl
>> >>Hello Sunday and friends,
>> >>I noticed that you are the Green Thumbs/Growing Things
>> >>Co-ordinator and I wanted to put out questions to you and
>others who work
>> >>in or have been involved in children's gardens.
>> >>I just started a children's garden this year and while it
>went well, i am
>> >>still searching for advice and suggestions concerning all
>aspects of such
>> >>projects. Does anyone have curricula that they could pass
>on, as well as
>> >>ideas on design and also connecting the gardens to school
>> >>I want to be able to brainstorm with others who have ideas
>> >>on the best ways to have a garden be a learning space as
>well as a safe
>> >>and sacred space for children. would any of you like to
>continue such a
>> >>dialogue, or at least offer ideas?
>> >>thank you for your continuous support and advice,
>> >>kirsten walter
>> >> Hands on the Earth
>> >> we remember where the source
>> >> of our power lies.
>> >> -Terry Tempest Williams
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