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Waffle Gardens: Sustaining Life in the Desert

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This Take & Make kit explores an effective method of agriculture in arid environments - Waffle Gardens! This technique was developed centuries ago by Indigenous Peoples of the American southwest and is still used today. Patrons create their own waffle garden and test how it withholds soil moisture compared to a non-waffle garden.

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Add a Tech Twist Optional: This activity has an optional technology extension using BBC micro:bits to test the soil moisture content.
Hints for uses in your library If your library has a garden, consider creating a larger waffle garden on site for patrons to visit, plant seeds, and test for soil moisture content!
Related Links Sid Richardson Museum: Waffles in the Garden
Native People and the Land: The A:Shiwi (Zuni) People
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum: Waffle Garden Activity
Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Originating Source The STAR Library Network
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Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health by Devon A. Mihesuah, Elizabeth Hoover, and Winona LaDuke
Recovering Our Ancestors' Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness by Devon A Mihesuah

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Waffle Gardens: Sustaining Life in the Desert

Waffle Gardens: Sustaining Life in the Desert

This Take & Make kit explores an effective method of agriculture in arid environments - Waffle Gardens! This technique was developed centuries ago by Indigenous Peoples of the American southwest and is still used today. Patrons create their own waffle garden and test how it withholds soil moisture compared to a non-waffle garden.