Lancaster County's history goes back centuries.
More than 110,000 acres of farmland have been preserved, the most in the country.
Lancaster’s top in the state in crop after crop, from corn to tobacco.
How could you tell the story of Lancaster County and its farms visually and fit everything onto a canvas smaller than a card table?
That was the homework for master gardeners around the state for the International Master Gardener Conference, which is happening this week in Valley Forge. Lancaster County master gardeners came up with a design that combines agriculture, Amish culture, history, farmers markets and more. They tied it together with strips of fabric and tape, a nod to the area’s quilts.
Members of the kite committee shared more about their design and why it reflects Lancaster County.
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The kite includes blocks about Amish culture (left) and fall produce (right).
Luci Steele added fabric binding on the edge of the frame, using fabric from her personal stash. The fabric has the pattern of a miniature quilt.
Closer view of middle of the kite. The International Master Gardener conference will be in Philadelphia in June. Master gardeners around the world have been asked to make kites (because of Ben Franklin and his kite). Lancaster County master gardeners have made a kite with 10 sections and a tail covered with photos. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The kite has blocks on pollinators (left) and farmers markets (right) and history (bottom).
At the center is a map of Lancaster County, cut from wood by Roger Cook to recognize the area’s woodworkers. Inside the county is a photo of a farm crew working with horse-powered machinery. Framing the county is a corn field on corn-print fabric.
A group of master gardeners in Lancaster County, including (from left) Luci Steele, Jane Kintzi and Lorri Schmick, made a kite for the International Master Gardener Conference, held in the Philadelphia region this week.
The tail has bows decorated with photos of master gardeners in action.
“People are the heart of the program,” Luci Steele says.
No detail left to chance, the group coordinated the color of the bows to the kite and cut the photos into shapes not uncommon on a quilt.
Lancaster County master gardeners made a kite to represent the county for the International Master Gardener conference.