Grand Traverse Band, students partner to plant traditional Native American garden

The three-sisters garden will be planted behind Central Grade School by third through fifth grade students and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians is teaming up with a northern Michigan school to grow the student's knowledge of ancient gardening techniques.

The band and the TBA-ISD Farm-to-school Program are working with TCAPS' Central Grade School to create a three-sisters garden behind the school.

The garden is a traditional Native American practice that features the inter-planting of corn, beans and squash.

On Wednesday, members of the Grand Traverse Band came to the school to speak to students about the significance of the garden.

Students were also given rare ancient squash seeds from the band to use.

"The thing that I really like to convey to people, especially to children, is that these seeds are living beings," said Grand Traverse Band Counselor Tina Frankenberger. "That the seeds, even though it seems like something just sitting in your hand, there is life there. When you nurture it and you take care of it, it is going to turn into something that's going to feed and take care of you, if you've take care of it."

Third through fifth grade students at Central Grade School will be planting the seeds toward the end of the school day on Friday.

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