Sarah Making a Paper Seed Pot
Fort de Chartres Illinois State Historic site, located in Prairie du Rocher, IL, welcomed the regional Girl Scout troops of Southwest Illinois on April 28, 2014. Over a hundred fifty visitors travelled to the site and one of their stops during their visit included the Fort de Chartres Heritage Jardin Potager Project. Sarah and her friends in her local Girl Scout troop stopped by the garden to make paper pots, filled with soil, and planted with heirloom seeds. They were given handout instructions on plant care and recipes featuring these garden heirlooms. This was Sarah’s first opportunity to try growing seeds herself and she was eager to take home her paper seed pot containing her watermelon seeds. The heirloom seed choices for the day were Connecticut Field pumpkin, Yellow Scallop squash, or Georgia Rattlesnake melon. After making their paper pots, many of the Girl Scouts took turns using heirloom garden tools in the garden’s raised beds, enjoying the feel of turning soil and marveling at the effectiveness of the reproduction hoes, shovels and hand tools. The day presented children of the rural communities of this region an opportunity to connect with their historic and agricultural past, exploring history through gardening.
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