The traditional Mesoamerican home farm/garden plot is often referred to as a milpa in much of Mexico and parts of Central America. The term is sometimes defined as a “maize field” but is more commonly used to name a place where maize is cultivated along with a combination of nutritionally and environmentally complementary crops. Nowadays the concepts of the milpa are worked into gardens with plants from throughout the world. Learn about the wonders of pre-Columbian horticultural practices that gave birth to some of the world’s greatest civilizations and whose principles help drive popular modern movements such as permaculture.
Each student will take home a starter pack to begin your own milpa.
Neil Gerlowski and Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch
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