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Door County Master Gardeners Teach Skills to Area Third Graders
By Steve Allen - Sponsored by Lakeshore Motorsports LLC
Jun 7, 2011 - 8:58:22 AM

Master Gardener Vicki Durst explains how Native Americans raised crops in ridged fields in Door County.
Once again this spring the Door County Master Gardeners organization hosted area third graders at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station north of Sturgeon Bay for a fun-filled morning of learning and planting. The weather was gorgeous as 103 kids from St. John Bosco, Saints Peter and Paul, and Sunrise Schools became knowledgeable producers-to-be of potatoes, carrots, marigolds, and other plants and vegetables. Teachers and volunteers assisted the young farmers as they got to work with much enthusiasm. The students will return in the fall as fourth graders to reap the fruits of their efforts.

The kids rotated between four different stations, which included: Composting and Worm Races, Potatoes 101, Planting the Six Garden Plots, and Antique Tools. As you'll see in the video, the kids really enjoyed themselves. Of course snack time was popular as well! The kids were thrilled to observe hundreds of baby tadpoles in the small pond adjacent to The Garden Door area.

Archaeologist Vicki Durst explained how Native Americans in Door County planted their crops in ridged fields to optimize success. Artifacts have been found at what is now Whitefish Dunes State Park which date back to these early times. "One day they must have cooked their meal a little too long on the fire", remarked Durst. "We have samples of burnt corncakes which survived from that period". 

The Door County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. is a volunteer organization of the UW-Cooperative Extension Service. Along with the annual youth program, the group maintains an educational and show garden at the Peninsular Research Station called "The Garden Door", plants and maintains annual and perennial garden beds at the Door County Courthouse and the Door County Fairgrounds, and conducts an annual plant sale in late May.

Enjoy the video; crank up the audio and enjoy. The music is "Enchanted Garden" from the album "Into Your Dreams", by Scopece.

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