North Carolina Museum Showcases State’s Agriculture – Past And Present
What began as a few outdoor garden beds showcasing North Carolina’s agricultural legacy will soon blossom into a living, thriving exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. A “first” for the museum, the chronological exhibit, History of the Harvest, will connect the state’s agricultural past with today’s cutting-edge research and development by universities and industry. This block-long exhibit will flourish in planting beds along Bicentennial Plaza, a well-traveled walkway between the State Capitol and the State Legislative Building.
History of the Harvest also will serve as an outdoor classroom that gives visitors and passers-by a hands-on opportunity to learn firsthand about North Carolina agriculture, from medicinal plants grown by American Indians before European contact to new corn hybrids developed by using advanced plant-breeding technology. A $15,000 sponsorship from Syngenta provided funding support and has helped the museum bring the history of the state’s agriculture from the past to the present. “The museum’s focus is historical, looking back at how people have interacted with the environment,” said Emily Grant, Youth Programs Coordinator at the Museum of History. “Our partnership with Syngenta helps bring that story to the present by looking at current trends and practices in the field of agriculture. Syngenta’s contributions to agricultural research and development are making history around the world.” Visitors to History of the Harvest will also learn about agricultural-related contributions to the state’s economy, how North Carolinians have used plants, and the global issues of hunger and sustainable agriculture.