Farming changes from Native Americans to Iowa farmers today


By Anne Marie Amacher

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School students Alyssa Migiel, left, and Morgan Riley grind corn with a mortar and pestle. A specialist from the Putnam Museum in Davenport spoke to fourth- and fifth-graders at the Davenport Catholic school April 25 on the history of farming.

DAVENPORT — “Progress on the Prairie,” a presentation by the Putnam Museum in Davenport, was given to fourth- and fifth-graders at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School on April 25 in the parish’s Denning Hall.
Putnam Education Specialist Kelly MacIntyre spoke on how farming has improved from the time Native Americans inhabited what is now the United States to the modern era in which today’s Iowa farmers live.
She told students that 3,000 years ago pod corn was grown. It was about the size of a strawberry and, in addition to a husk on the outside, each individual kernel had its own husk. “It’s still grown today as an oddity,” she said.

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