Heirloom Variety Trial Report 2012: Three Sisters
The Three Sisters are corn, beans, and squash, which are planted together as crop companions in traditional Native American agriculture. In 2012, the Kerr Center horticulture program conducted a trial of the Three Sisters, both to assess the potential of this planting scheme for market farmers and gardeners, and to compare different heirloom varieties of the crops involved. We planted flour corn (one variety), pole beans (four varieties), winter squash (two varieties), and pumpkins (two varieties).
Author: Luke Freeman, Jacob Delahoussaye, Katie Kilpatrick