[permaculture] root-based agriculture

Jon/Jack Hayes jhayes79 at comcast.net
Wed Sep 12 22:38:02 EDT 2012






Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G TouchToby 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.

Toby
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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.
> 
> ~mIEKAL
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