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Recreated Plymouth Colony Scene
The Squanto mannequin in the recreated Plymouth Colony scene, wearing white leather trousers, a loincloth, and a necklace while holding a fish.

Fertilization of crops isn’t a new thing in agriculture. In fact, the history of fertilizer in North America goes all the way back to Squanto and Plymouth Colony—and perhaps even before.

In order to help the Pilgrims grow healthy crops in their new settlement, Squanto showed them how to plant dead fish next to their seeds. As the fish decomposed, the chemicals from their bodies gave the seeds needed nutrients. This practice gave the colonists a simple and resourceful way to fertilize their crops.

Using lifelike human figures, plants, and other materials, this recreated Plymouth Colony scene in AgroLiquid’s IQhub museum shows Squanto teaching the Pilgrims this method of fertilization. It helps provide context for the science of fertilizers and the history of farming — which is what the IQhub is all about.

Informational signage explains the story of Squanto and the Pilgrims while supplemental audio provides additional information. This focused audio can only be heard by people standing next to the exhibit, so it doesn’t disrupt other areas.

Project Description

The creative concept for this display was first developed for AgroLiquid’s IQhub.

  • Three mannequins
  • Lifelike grass and other fabricated elements
  • Focused audio

Client: AgroLiquid

Categories: Ag Museums, Agricultural Exhibit, Agricultural History, Crop Production, IQ hub, Lifelike Reproduction

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