According to Cherokee Legend, corn, beans and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. Sister Corn provides the support for sister bean to grow upon. Sister Bean provides the companionship by bringing the other two sisters together and Sister Squash provides a carpet to hold in the moisture and to keep out the weeds. It is said that raccoons do not like to step on the squash leaves when trying to eat the beans and corn. This tradition of Native American gardening provides longterm soil fertility and a healthy diet for those reaping the benefits.
The Three Sisters garden is within the Wanda Proctor Volunteer Garden at Reflection Riding and is listed on the garden list at Crabtree Farms. The Volunteer Garden has four overall components: The Three Sisters Garden, Squarefoot Gardens, Companion Gardens and Raised Beds which produce a variety of vegetables throughout the year. Last year over 80-lbs. of produce was given to the food bank.