I’m tilling up the new addition to our vegetable garden we call the bean patch as we plan to plant all manner of beans there. We’ll have pole snap beans plus pole and bush for shelling fresh and drying, all heirloom varieties from Seed Savers Exchange. One variety of pole beans is “Cherokee Black” which were carried by the Cherokee people on their tragic Trail of Tears forced relocation to Oklahoma. It is touching and thrilling to be heirs to that seed.
I was even more inspired for gardening after attending a farm expo yesterday, Saturday May 4, hearing Will Allen speak on his Growing Power project in Milwaukee and other cities esp. in poorer neighborhoods and “food deserts”. Seek out this exciting and valuable work at www.growingpower.org or better still, visit it.