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Curriculum Level: 9-12

This lesson is designed to engage students in an exploration of the history and practice of sustainable agriculture in North Carolina. The focus is on the development of agriculture by Indigenous peoples and the impact the cultural shift that occurred with the influx of European settlers and the onset of heavily targeted cash crop use. Students will primarily focus on the impact of culture on land use and examine how sustainable agriculture as practiced by Indigenous groups could be a solution to declining soil quality and crop yield.