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 on 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 became a simple and resourceful way for the colonists to fertilize their crops.
Using lifelike human figures, plants, and other materials, this recreated Plymouth Colony scene in the AgroLiquid IQhub shows Squanto teaching the pilgrims this method of fertilization. Informational text 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.