Perhaps time learning in a garden should be considered as important as time spent sitting in a classroom.
The important national discussions about food security and hunger in America rarely seem to mention a critical fact: it doesn't take much land to grow a lot of food. Discussions of food deserts--neighborhoods or communities with limited access to supermarkets and farmer's markets--rarely if ever ask: how much open land is in these communities that could be converted to gardens in the growing season?
This single 3.5-meter (10 foot) row of scarlet-runner climbing green beans supplies multiple households with as many green beans as they can eat for four months. The handful of plants on this trellis could easily be grown on a rooftop, against a school wall or in a front yard against a fence or garage wall.
Here's another stir-fry, with zucchini, julienned scarlet-runner beans and carrots:
A spaghetti dinner with scarlet-runner beans and fried mushrooms and onions:
Wild salmon (a rare treat) with brown rice and scarlet-runner beans stir-fried with carrots (organic from Costco, not from our garden):
A classic Chinese dish, Kung Pao chicken with (yes, once again) scarlet-runner beans stir-fried with cabbage and carrots:
These basic garden vegetables are remarkably flexible in terms of making tasty combinations with other vegetables. Throw in a little meat or meat substitute and they easily become the main dish--for example:
Drought note: our garden is on a very water-frugal dripline.
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