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Visit from TAPA School in Providence, RI

Jun 22, 2014

This young man from the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts School in Providence, RI visited our museum recently with his class.  Here in New England, it’s still early in the growing season so he helped us prepare the garden beds for the summer crops and also helped us plant Early Mohawk beans, a very rare type of bean common in the 18th century but nearly extinct today.  He enjoyed using historic tools (in the picture he is holding a reproduction hoe hand-made by a blacksmith) but really just enjoyed the chance to get out of the city and into the dirt.  He said of his garden experience here, “I like interacting with the plants, being hands on, and this is a great place to do it.”  One of his classmates chimed in, “Gardening is fun!” 

Our focus in the Kitchen Garden at Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, RI is to preserve heirloom varieties of plants from the 18th century.  We carefully save seeds every year, and cultivate our plants using historic and sustainable gardening techniques. 

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