Temperatures are dropping, leaves are bright orange and yellow, and the plants are covered with dew in the mornings. The Fall season is here. Alta Vista School students have direct seeded and transplanted one of our favorite legumes of the season, the Fava Bean. Fava beans (Vicia faba) have edible beans and leaves and are very beneficial to the garden and to us. They are a great cover crop, germinate quickly, thrive in cold weather, tolerate shade, and are a delicious treat. Fava beans are a great cover crop because they capture nitrogen from the air and fix it in the soil, regenerating microbial soil life and nutrients for the following season. We are waiting patiently as our fava beans grow and we are excited for the garden to turn into a fava bean forest. Fava beans can reach seven feet tall! Gather some leaves and add them to your salad or harvest some beans and enjoy shucking them with your children. Beans are edible and delicious raw or cooked in a stir-fry.
If you are interested in growing fava beans at home, please contact the garden teachers about seeds. AVS has a wonderful seed bank and it brings us joy to share seeds with the community.