Plant a Seed with Slow Food USA

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The Three Sisters companion planting includes corn, beans and squash. When planted together, these three important foods help each other thrive.Click To Enlarge

The Three Sisters companion planting includes corn, beans and squash. When planted together, these three important foods help each other thrive.

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Slow Food USA has launched its Plant a Seed campaign for 2018, and vegetable gardeners from coast to coast are invited to join in. The global, grassroots organization has selected the plants in the traditional Three Sisters companion planting to include in its campaign kits.

Native Americans understood the benefit of planting corn, beans and squash together. These vegetables are called "three sisters" because they complement each other in the garden. Corn provides tall stalks for the beans to climb. Beans help replenish the soil with nutrients. Squash leaves act as living mulch.

For Slow Food, this companion planting means even more. Each of the seed varieties selected for the kit is part of the Slow Food Ark of Taste -- the organization's "living library of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction."

In each Plant a Seed kit, gardeners will get Stowell's Evergreen sweet corn, Long Island Cheese pumpkin, and Christmas Lima beans. The kit also includes other goodies to promote the campaign, including poster, stickers, plant stakes and hair products made from Ark of Taste ingredients.

For every kit purchased, Slow Food will send a kit to a school garden as a teaching tool, to help children learn about "the wonderful new flavors of biodiversity," according to Slow Foods.

Slow Foods started almost 30 years ago to reignite interest in local food cultures and traditions. The emphasis on Slow Food is intentional because it's the opposite of fast food and today's fast food culture.


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