The Milpa farming tradition originated in Mesoamerica where the Maya people use sophisticated techniques to cultivate a variety of annual crops such as corn, squash, and beans as well as various perennials. The ancient Milpa system of intercropping regional vegetables continues to be used in contemporary Maya culture, providing multiple benefits to the grower and the community, as well as the soil and the broader ecosystem. The highly diverse polyculture planting helps to support a balanced, healthy ecosystem, providing natural sources of fertilizer, attracting beneficial insects, reducing harmful pest pressure and increasing organic matter in the soil.
We aim to honor, elevate & celebrate this Indigenous wisdom as it is shared with our
First Acre Program participants.