Four Corners Gold Bean

The four corners region of the Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico is the geographical namesake for the Four Corners Gold Bean that we grow at our farm. In this region, the Zuni People first traditionally used this golden bean, which is also called the Shalako after a traditional Kachina dance.

According to custom, the bean was planted as part of the Three Sisters Crops, a trilogy of plants – beans, corn, and squash – that buttress and compliment each other’s growth. In accordance with this cultivation theory, the corn stalk provides a trellis for the beans' upward growth, the squash shades the ground, preventing other plants from sprouting seeds in the same area, while the beans fix the nitrogen in the soil to keep nutrient-levels equalized for the other two crops.