Friday, July 13, 2012

Three Sisters Garden at FUSS

We are growing a Three Sisters Garden in religious education this summer!

The Three Sisters (corn, beans, and squash) garden originated in this part of the world with the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee (hah-dee-no-show-nee) - "People of the Long house." Three Sisters gardens have been planted by traditional Native American gardeners in many different regions of North America.

The traditional Three Sisters garden forms an ecosystem by creating a community of plants and animals. This system creates a beneficial relationship between the three plants- each plant helps the others grow. There is much wisdom to be gained in doing this work together and considering, from the practical to the philosophical, the aspects of this Three Sisters garden.

Along with the work of maintaining the garden, the class is hearing wisdom stories from the Iroquois peoples, starting with Chief Jake Swamp's, Giving Thanks.

Summer RE is open for ages 5 -10 years, from 10:30 -11:15 AM, Sundays, thru August 26.