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New Roots Families Bond Over Bean Harvest

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After completing the bean harvest, friends and family continue to chat while maintaining appropriate social distance. Photo: IRC

The New Roots gardeners are calling in their family members to help with the bean harvest! Known simply as beans or "Maharagwe" in Kiswahili, we know this particular variety as "Dragon's Tongue," or "Tongue of Fire" beans. The beans are shelled for fresh eating, and some are dried for storage. Harvesting and shelling the beans is an important activity, with family members sitting in circles together telling stories. It is an opportunity for the elders in the family to pass down their knowledge of traditional foods to their grandchildren in between laughter and games. We are delighted to see all of the smiles on the faces of the gardeners as the hard work of the season is rewarded with a bounty!