This past summer the co-op’s good neighbor, Noel Patterson, was kind enough to share with us some Tohono O’odham cowpea seed which he got from Native Seeds/SEARCH. We used the cowpeas as a summer cover crop to add nitrogen and organic matter to our soil.
While we turned most of the plants in before they produced pods, we left some to mature. Now most of those have dried on the plants. On a hot afternoon last week, a class from City High came out to the garden and harvested the dry cowpea pods. Now we will be able to save the seeds for next summer’s cover crop!