Ramsey County History – Spring 2000: “Gummy, Yellow, White Flint Corn—The Dakota Garden at the Gibbs Museum”
Gummy, Yellow, White Flint Corn—The Dakota Garden at the Gibbs Museum
Author: Janet Cass
At the Gibbs Farm, which was established by Jane and Heman Gibbs in 1849 outside St. Paul, the museum there offers a view of pioneer and native gardens side-by-side. These demonstration plots allow visitors to compare and contrast the different farming techniques used by pioneers and Dakota when raising corn. This approach to farming is not only educational, it also offers an example of how the Dakota in this area cultivated corn for many years in a way that was just as effective for their way of life as was the method that pioneers, such as the Gibbs, used when they settled in Minnesota.