My Backyard Milpa

My Backyard Milpa

Culturally, a milpa is a holistic way to grow food in harmony with nature. This year, my milpa has the three sisters (corn, beans and squash) growing once again, as well as other vegetables and quelites (pot herbs) … click on title for more

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Chalupas – Small Boats with Great History

Chalupas – Small Boats with Great History

A chalupa is a small boat, usually rowed or poled. In the 16th century, when Spanish conquerors arrived to Central Mexico, they admired how the areas surrounding Tenochtitlan (today's Mexico City downtown area) had been developed into a system of gardens and farming parcels, seemingly floating on the lakes, interconnected by numerous small boats that they called chalupas. Around the same time, up North in Canada, another type of chalupa was playing an important role as well … click on title for more