By: Kelley Dillon
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included butternut squash from Eagle Valley.
"[Food sovereignty] puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies."
- Nyéléni, food sovereignty activist
“Three Sisters” refers to the trio of corn, beans, and squash. Many Native American tribes interplanted this trio. this method of interplanting introduced biodiversity, which does many things—from attracting pollinators to making the land richer instead of stripping it of nutrients. Together, the three sisters provide both sustainable soil fertility as well as a healthy diet.
There are two types of squash: summer and winter. Butternut squash is a variety of winter squash. Many other varieties come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
Butternut squash is packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Magnesium is one of seven essential macrominerals. Magnesium helps to maintain nerve and muscle function, bone strength, a steady heartbeat, and supports the immune system.
Food sovereignty is the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods. Power in the food system can be reclaimed by rebuilding relationships between people and the land, and between food providers and those who eat.