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Milpa--three sisters with a variation, and study with indigenous Mexican farmers  RSS feed

 
Joshua Myrvaagnes
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This article is pretty informative, hoping she'll also post some more details there or here:

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/four-ways-mexico-indigenous-farmers-agriculture-of-the-future-20150810

Leah Penniment of Soul Fire Farm went to Mexico this winter and studied with a lot of different farmers up in the poor-soil, steep slope areas. Milpa, or three-sisters-type thing, is one of their practices, but I remember her telling me that it had five seeds (peppers were involved too) and also that it all gets planted in a single hole instead of just nearby.

Other lessons to be learned from this environment.

It's great yhow they're rebuilding the oil and re-implementing ancestral knowledge.
 
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One thing of note to me about the three sisters planting is that a photo in the article shows that the corn plants were spaced widely apart... Like 10 feet between plants.
 
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Good point, hadnt really looked at the photo!

Also they talk about eating insects for protein, and processing corn with lime, in a way that maximizes bioavailability of nutrient and allows for a complete protein (with bean).
 
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http://www.permies.com/forums/posts/watch/0/16143

ok, found a related thread (search engine, foiled again! I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you crappy search engines!)

This thread says that there was a fourth sister of a pollinator, may have been a weed/volunteer but was useful in the context.
 
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