N.C. History Museum’s garden continues to grow; Commissioner Troxler explains topping tobacco

by | Sep 4, 2009

Followers of the In The Field blog might remember an earlier post about the N.C. History Museum’s outdoor garden, where sorghum, peanuts, flue-cured and burley tobacco, cotton, corn, beans and squash are among the crops on display. These crops represent some of the state’s leading commodities.

We’re happy to report that the garden continues to grow, attracting a lot of attention in downtown Raleigh. Visitors stop and look at the first-time exhibit and Jeff Currie, an assistant curator with the History Museum, can often be found outdoors talking about the plants on display. If you have not seen the outdoor exhibit yet, plan to the next time you are in downtown Raleigh.

Maintaining a garden whether at home or downtown takes some work , and N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler stopped by recently to lend a hand with topping and suckering tobacco.

Watch the video as he explains the purpose behind these activities.

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