Benjamin Banneker's Colonial Vegetable Garden
The mission of the Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and museum is to provide for the public’s understanding of the life and times of Benjamin Banneker for all members of the public and to facilitate educational programs. Banneker himself was a farmer, scientist, astronomer, mathematician, and publisher. Benjamin was largely self taught, with the help of his grandmother Molly and a local Quaker family. His accomplishments and family history are remarkable considering that he was a free black man in the colonial South. We have been re-creating Banneker's farmstead on his family's former land in order to teach the public about this fascinating piece of American history. We have built a replica log cabin, a colonial orchard, and a kitchen herb/medicinal garden to help us tell Banneker’s story. Our next project is to build a colonial vegetable garden with varieties that Banneker may have grown in the mid to late 1700s.The garden will serve as a living history destination as well as a place to learn about organic and colonial gardening practices, plant life cycles, insects, and the importance and difficulties of sustainable food production.
Our goal is to begin with a 30x30’ vegetable garden this year with potential for expansion in successive years. We have plans in place to build a fence and to recruit volunteers to assist with the garden. The garden will be located near the replica log cabin and herb garden, and it will become part of the Banneker Farmstead tours offered by the museum and park staff. Additionally, the garden will be incorporated into educational programs offered to a diverse variety of groups on site. We are in desperate need of tools for planting and maintenance of the garden so that community volunteers can participate in all hands-on aspects of this gardening experience.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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