11.13.16 // Milpa Farming with Zev Friedman // 5:30-8:30pm
Tacos for Climate Resilience: Appalachian Milpa Farming and Ecstatic Cuisine
“Milpa” describes an ancient and elegant community-scale indigenous farming way that integrates annual crops (corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and others), tree crops, fungi and animals through the long-term management of forest succession and soil amendment with biochar, creating an ecstatic cuisine as well as fiber, medicine, firewood for cooking, building materials and cultural continuity.
In this hands-on evening, we'll griddle fresh tortillas from homegrown masa (heritage corn cooked with hardwood ashes) and make a roasted and stoneground salsa; please bring delicious taco ingredients and we'll have a late evening taco potluck dinner. While we cook, we'll discuss milpa food nutrition, the agro-ecological farming approach and what it has to offer for climate resilience and ecological restoration.
$25-35 sliding scale, per person. Workshop includes a free comprehensive article.
Zev is a milpa farmer, permaculture eduator and consultant, and researcher living at Earthaven Ecovillage. After growing up in a patch of kudzu in western North Carolina, he now specializes in hands-on, in-depth education in permaculture and earth-skills, and seeks to grow community and multi-generational village culture through his consulting work and land projects. See Living Systems Design and School of Integrated Living for more information.