[permaculture] Permaculture Connections?!? The Floating Gardens of Mexico City
George Anna Clark
esac at laneta.apc.org
Sat Feb 16 17:51:44 EST 2008
I forwarded your message to a friend, Paco Arroyo, who has worked in
Xochimilco. His "area of expertise" within ecological sanitation is what
he calls "organaponia" - container gardening using leaves and human
urine (or wormcompost tea), topped off with compost, as a growing
medium. He's worked in many urban areas in Mexico but I think his
"stomping grounds" are mainly around Xochimilco, and has worked in
ecosan projects there (he can certainly explain more)...
Let me know if communication doesn't work out, and I'll try to help out
with other contacts.
good luck, documentation would be great,
ethan roland wrote:
>Howdy All -
>I am about to embark on a trip to Mexico, and am extremely interested in
>visiting the famed 'floating gardens' that are remnants of the incredible
>chinampa system the fed the peoples of Xochimilco.
>I understand that the canals still exist as a tourist attraction, but I
>would like to go deeper and get in touch with folks who are actually still
>cultivating the chinampas as agricultural land/water.
>Does anyone out there have any connections to permies, farmers, or activists
>in Mexico and Mexico City in particular that might lead to some deeper
>contact with the chinampas and chinampañeros? I will happily document and
>share whatever I find along the way.
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