The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum garden is our first and only garden in Manhattan. At this gem garden, Fabiola Cáceres tested what other gardens will grow in 2022; different varieties of butternut squash, like Tahitian Melon Squash, Orange Butternut Squash, Charentais Melon, which she grew for flavor and its yielding results. Fabiola also planted Glass Gem Corn and Black Eyed Peas to start a Milpa, the Three Sister agricultural system of the indigenous people; the farmhouse stands on unceded Lenape land. She tested seeds from Row 7 —Chef Dan Barber’s seed project, which he developed to acquire the most delicious flavor in food at his worldwide renowned Blue Hill restaurant. The seeds she experimented with were Cenertcut Squash and the 898 Squash; both plants gave beautiful and delicious flavor fruits.
During the pandemic, Fabiola developed a new curriculum for the program, including historic foodways to honor the Lenape land where we stand and the lives of the West African people who were forced to come to New Amsterdam during colonial times.
We thank NYC Parks Greenthumb for building this beauty. We had such a blast with the Inwood’s community children and parents during Camp Dyckman; we are proud to sponsor the 2021 summer camp, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration for years to come!
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