History of the Harvest

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. The North Carolina Museum of History is also growing its partners, teaming up this year with Farm Bureau, to help tell the story of North Carolina agriculture—from small family farms to larger agribusinesses and research for the future.

Farm Bureau was started to advocate and provide for rural farmers, and their continued commitment to the needs of farmers and to the growth and health of all communities makes them a natural partner for this exhibit.

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.

Through public programs and by working with 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.

“The museum’s focus is historical—looking back at how people have interacted with their environment,” said Emily Grant, Youth Programs Coordinator at the Museum of History. “Our partnership with Farm Bureau helps bring that story to life, honoring our agricultural past and connecting that to today’s practices and issues in the field of agriculture. North Carolina is still 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

North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh