Corn and Dirt Craft project to eat!
Corn, beans and squash planting by the Wampanoag and other north eastern tribes involved fertilizing the soil with fish, then planting the seeds and making a mound on top with the soil. As the corn, beans and squash grow they provide each other with the necessary environment. The corn stalk provides the beans with a trellis to attach to and grow upward, the squash provides shade so the sun doesn’t evaporate all the moisture and the mound allows for the sun to hit the dirt from all sides at all times of the day.
Our Corn and Dirt craft is a way to teach about the Three sisters, corn, beans and squash and the planting method that Tisquantum (Squanto) taught to the Pilgrims. Corn, beans and squash were most probably eaten in abundance at the first Thanksgiving. In fact pumpkin (a type of squash) was so plentiful that according to an old pilgrim ballad:
“We have pumpkin at morning and pumpkin at noon;
if it were not for pumpkin,
we should soon be undoon.”
We hope you enjoy our Corn and Dirt dessert.
Paula’s granddaughter, Bri, took the first “taste test” and loved it.