Students in General Biology grow a Three Sisters Garden

Orme students in the General Biology class this fall are growing a Three Sisters Garden. The class is reading botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book Braiding Sweet Grass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.

The interweaving of science and plant reciprocity is a focus of the project. The students’ gardens are growing beautifully, as you can see from the photos. Beans provide nitrogen to the soil, as corn is a nitrogen ‘hog.’ Squash provides shade to the beans and the corn during hot summer months.

Students were thrilled when they returned from Thanksgiving Break to find that their gardens were flourishing.

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