Corn Bargain Notecard

Price: $1.50
Availability: In Stock
Model: NCB-219

The corn plant is a member of the grass family and is native to the Americas.  It is said by some Native peoples of the Northeast that Crow claims he was called by the Creator to come and receive the great gift, flying between the worlds to bring it back to the people.  Because of this, Crow is entitled to share the growing corn, to pull and eat it as he needs.  Crow never takes more than he needs because Crow never thinks of tomorrow.  If he did, he’d plant his own corn.

It is said by other Native peoples that corn is a great teacher whose lesson is the importance of community.  This can be seen in the kernels themselves, sitting tightly together, like a family.  This can also be seen in the traditional 3 sisters method of growing corn, a method that teaches community by creating it.  Corn is planted on a hill with its 2 sisters, beans and squash.  The bean plant climbs the sturdy cornstalk and enriches the soil by taking nitrogen from the air and “fixing” it into the earth.  The squash’s broad leaves shade the soil and so help retain moisture and keep down the growth of weeds.

Corn is a “heavy feeder” that needs rich soil to satisfy its big appetite.  Farmers using organic methods ensure the continuing richness of the soil by planting corn on land that previously grew soil-enriching plants, and following this, after harvest, with other soil-enriching plants.  This method, called “plant rotation,” requires skill and forethought, and shows how corn still calls upon us to be aware and alert to the needs and changes in the land around us, and to respond as a community in harmony.

artwork by Tim Angel ©1998
text by Sherrie Mickel

Tags: botanicals,