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Children's Cultural Story & Food Experience

We are going to have a cooked pot of the traditional cultural Pueblo dish of Anasazi beans and Ham Hock made from these beans. While enjoying these unusually tasty beans, a garden member will be reading an illustrated children's Native American folktale called The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble.

The storytelling and artwork of The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses expresses love and harmony with nature. It is the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses and how she eventually becomes one of the horses forever running free. 

Please bring your kids; the food is first come/first serve with priority given to families who come for the book reading.

A Brief History of Beans and Peas

Beans are intricately woven into the fabric of human history. The first "permanent cultures" evolved when hunter-gatherers and nomadic people began tilling the earth and developing systems of agriculture, and beans were among the first cultivated crops. 

Peas have been carbon dated back to 9750 BC in Thailand; Native people of Mexico and Peru were cultivating bean crops as far back as 7000 BC; the use of lentils has been traced back as far as 6750 BC in parts of the present day Middle East. Chickpeas, lentils, and fava beans have been found in Egyptian tombs that date back at least 4000 years. About the same time, (around 1500 BC) parts of present-day Asia were growing and using soybeans. In a completely different part of the world, Native Americans and Mexicans were working with the haricot bean, a diverse category that includes runner beans, kidney beans, and lima beans, and its adaptability helped it to become a stable crop. It is apparent that beans were an integral part of the development of many cultures throughout the world.

Anasazi Beans at Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden

The garden has acquired some Anasazi Beans of the Ancestral Pueblo. These beans were found in the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park.  Mesa Verde was the home of the Ancestral Pueblo people of Southwest Colorado for over 700 years from 600 to 1300 AD. Anasazi is a navajo word meaning ancient one and these beans are indeed ancient.  These beans have been continously grown for over 1,400 years on the same high altitude of 7,000 feet on dry land soil. They are considered the most prettiest and tastiest of all the beans that the Ancestral Pueblo grew. 

For any questions on this event, please contact: Timothy J. Brown at timothybrownnyc@gmail.com / 410.253.7067

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