History of the Harvest

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What began as a couple of garden beds showing some of the state’s native plants and their uses, has now blossomed into a block-long, living, thriving outdoor exhibit highlighting North Carolina’s rich agricultural legacy. 

History of the Harvest serves as an exciting outdoor classroom that gives visitors and passers-by a hands-on opportunity to learn firsthand about North Carolina agriculture. The exhibit covers everything from medicinal plants grown by American Indians before European contact to new hybrids developed using advanced plant-breeding technology.

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Through public programs and by working with agencies like Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program, the museum extends learning about the state’s dynamic agricultural history to teachers and students across the state.

This living, changing, outdoor exhibit brings the story of our agricultural past to life. North Carolina has been and continues to be an agricultural state, and what is being done here in agricultural research and development continues to make history around the world.

Welcome to History of the Harvest exhibit by NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

About Ag in the Classroom


The Ag in the Classroom program extends Farm Bureau’s commitment to communities directly to the classroom, providing instructional, classroom-ready lesson plans for teachers, conferences and programs, and literacy development through their book of the month. Lesson plans explore fibers, animals, and produce through vocabulary and activities for all levels of instruction.

History of the Harvest Exhibit Outline and Links