What’s “Bean” going on at the Burlington Community Garden

The Burlington Science Center

Firstgrades at Francis Wyman visited the Burlington Community Garden with Peter Coppola this month to harvest the beans they planted this Spring at the end of the 2014 school year.  The students were very excited to see how much the beans had grown over the summer.

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The first graders left a trail of bean pods walking back to the school. In the early 1800s the U.S. Government relocated the Cherokee Indian Nation from Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. Along the way these native Americans dropped seeds; one of them, a bean grew and way saved by settlers and today it is known as the Cherokee trail of tears.

trail beans

The first graders then took the bean plants back to the classroom and removed the beans from the plants.

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Next they will let the bean pods dry out and then pack the beans in jars. Rice will be added to the jars…

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