[permaculture] root-based agriculture
qazingulaza at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 20:36:54 EDT 2012
weird what went out on the list, cuz that's not what I pasted in...
I've been following Alan's work for more than 20 years, he never fails
to inspire me—
Toby, off the top of your head, what nurseries are you thinking of
other than One Green World?
On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM, Toby Hemenway <toby at patternliteracy.com> wrote:
> Great stuff--and Alan K is a genius. But it looks like auto-spell check got in there: "mash" should be mashua, and "bacon" is yacon. Both are available at various nurseries, as is oca and, a little harder to get, ulloco. I love 'em all. Full of magic polysaccharides, hormone-like substances. and other good nutrients.
> On Sep 12, 2012, at 5:04 PM, mIEKAL aND wrote:
>> What is the most successful root-based agriculture in the world? It
>> all comes from the Andes in South America. Like the ones who gave us
>> the potatoes, now give us oca, mash, achocha, ulluco, bacon, chichi,
>> mauka, topotopo — one crop after another, none of which are known
>> pretty much by anyone who gardens in the United States. That means we
>> have the opportunity to take what is an Andean, high-altitude,
>> sustainable food system — not based on meat, but based on roots. And
>> we can incorporate it as part of the native food system that was here
>> and develop an organic, sustainable food system that's tested out by
>> hundreds, if not thousands of generations of people.
>> —Alan Kapuler
>> The plants Alan mentions are very hard to find in the US. It would be
>> good to compile a list of nurseries that have this material available.
>> I got oca One Green World a few years ago.
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