There are different kinds of working hard, and by no means am I saying we do not work hard in the US. However, the work that goes into these milpas for such uncertain returns is incredible. A milpa, for those of you that don’t know, is a field for self-sufficient farming. The food really is for the family. A little may be used to pay off debts, sell to families without milpas, etc. The majority, however, is for the family to be consumed fresh or stored to be used to the entire year. The land is mostly used for corn with squash growing near the ground and beans growing up the stalks. The three of these create a unique combination and all three of the plants do better when planted together. Neat, huh?

Another section is cleared off for fruits and vegetables. I know there were tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and…

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Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
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