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How to Harvest and Store Beans (Black-eyed pea / Cowpea)

The seed pods will turn from green to yellow and finally to brown. Once they are brown and feel dry, that's when you know they are ready to harvest.

1. Snap the seed pod off of the plant
2. Break the seed pod down open right down the middle
3. Remove the small seeds, let them dry, then store in a paper envelope

About the Louisville Seedbank

The Louisville Seedbank project is a pilot program by Beargrass Thunder and Louisville Grows using donated seeds from various non-profits, business groups, and community residents in the city. The goal is to cultivate varieties of native plants and edible food that is resistant to the Urban Heat Island Effect and can grow in the microclimates of urban Louisville neighborhoods.

For now, the pilot is focused on the Smoketown, Shelby Park, and Russell neighborhoods with the hope of eventually replicating the project city-wide. We want checking out seeds to be as easy to checking out books from a library. Eventually we can find which seeds and cultivars of plants survive Louisville's wild temperature swings and withstand the Urban Heat Island Effect.

How to participate:

The Louisville Seedbank is made possible by Louisville Grows and Beargrass Thunder

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