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Explorations in Natural Sciences

Heirloom Beans of the Southwest


Now - January 19, 2013

Class has been CANCELLED.

Saturday | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


  • Martha Burgess


Natives of the Southwest, as well as Hispanics descended from pioneers, know more than anyone how truly important beans have been in the survival of people in the desert. Become immersed in the beautiful diversity of our many desert heirloom beans, and find out how the wild tepary was domesticated here in the desert and saved from oblivion by a local farmer. Learn how to identify and grow your own delectable scarlet runner, native tepary, Tohono O'odham pink bean and black-eyed pea, Mountain Pima Ojo de Cabra, yummy Pima lima, immigrant cannellini and literally dozens more. Best of all, try some gourmet bean cooking, topped with a taste feast of fabulous bean recipes. You will go home with not only a deep appreciation of the health benefits of our desert heirloom beans, but also deep admiration for their survivability.

  • Class enrollment limit: 16

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