Iroquois Indian legend states that farming among the Native American tribes began with three sisters who worked together to grant the people
This is a great project for teaching your children about how
gift of a plentiful harvest. One sister
vided strength, one provided protec-
n, and one provided nourishment. Na-
peoples used many techniques for
dening, but the most well-known is
planting of three plants together: corn,
ns, and squash, known as the Three
heights of over ten feet, it is the perfect
support for pole beans whose vines can
climb the stalks as they grow. These pole
beans are the “second sister.” This inter-
twining of corn and beans is reflective of
not just their physical interdependence,
but their nutritional interdependence.
Corn is high in calories and sugars but
lacks two critical amino acids. Interest-
ingly, beans have the amino acids corn
lacks and are higher in protein. Corn
the soil of nutrients. Squash is a highly
nutritious food containing many vita-
mins and minerals, with all parts being
edible, from the flowers to the seeds.
By growing these three plants together,
Native Americans had foods that could
be stored year round, allowing them to
stay in one place. This enabled them to
have permanent settlements that some-
times grew very large. These were the vil-
lages that European settlers encountered
God designed certain plants to help each other and help us.
rden: A Native American Gardening Tradition Julie Polanco
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