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HistoryLink, the Washington State Historical Society, digital studio North by Northwest, and digital-learning company Vivayic have teamed with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop Cultivating Washington, a project that shares the rich history of Washington agriculture with a new generation of students.

This is an ongoing project; be sure to check back for new materials to be added in the coming year.

Curriculum

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Agricultural History Curriculum

Cultivating Washington: The History of Our State’s Food, Land, and People is hosted on Moodle via the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The curriculum units have been developed by Vivayic, drawing from HistoryLink articles, North By Northwest videos, and other sources to tell the story of the history of agriculture in Washington state, with special focus on Native Americans, immigrants, globalization, trade, and technology.

Each lesson is introduced by a video, and features first-person primary source materials.

Additional curriculum units on wheat farming and dairy farming were developed by the Washington State Historical Society.

Agricultural History Articles and Videos on HistoryLink

Articles and videos about crops, agricultural practices, and agricultural exports can be found here. Additional HistoryLink articles that can be used to complement the Cultivating Washington curriculum can be found here, and still more about our state’s agricultural history can be found here.