The Three Sisters 

Nijsha Johnson
Health Educator

Cassie Cubilla
Health Educator

The “Three Sisters,” corn, beans, and squash, can be planted together to nurture the ground soil and promote a larger harvest. The polyculture planting practice is deeply rooted in the practices of indigenous peoples of Central and North America. Watch as our educators explain how to plant the Three Sisters and make a delicious dip that combines the three.

Planting seasons may vary depending on your planting zone. Because the Poe Center is located in central North Carolina, we plant in Zone 8a. To find your planting zone, go to

Three Sisters Dip


15-oz can black beans 

11-oz can corn with red and green peppers, drained 

1 chopped zucchini

1 Tablespoon cilantro, roughly chopped 

2 Tablespoons lime juice (about ½ lime)

1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped (optional)

1/2 tsp salt 

1/2 tsp onion powder 

½ tsp garlic powder


  1. Combine beans, corn, zucchini, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, salt, onion powder, and garlic in a bowl. 
  2. Mix and serve with blue corn chips or your choice of dipper.

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