Natural, organic, local – The Old ways on a modern farm
From the last green valley of Lima to lush plantations of exotic fruits and cacao you will delve into the ecological world of freshly farmed crops, coffee and chocolate – an integral part of Peruvian cuisine. And while they use modern techniques it is ancient wisdom that makes it truly flourish.
The words organic and natural seem to go so, well, naturally with everyone and everything in Peru, especially its food and produce. On this journey into Peru you will visit farms and have some lovely experiences understanding the workings and tasting the food too. On a farm in the last green valley of Lima, you’ll see how compost Is made on site by recycling leaves from their plants and trees, the use of only ozonized water, a pest-free environment and modern irrigation that ensures no wastage of water. The elevated plant beds that you will see makes it very efficient for planting and harvesting, and no wonder, this is a tradition passed down from ancestors from an era far back in time. In the Sacred Valley, protected by the mountains and wonderful climate, you will find the most exceptional type of corn in the world! And they are adapted to grow only within the boundaries of the valley! When you visit here you’ll learn how the Incas managed to develop this variety of corn and how their ancestral techniques have survived this long, hand in hand with modern techniques. Elsewhere a former teacher takes care of a 3 hectare plantation of avocados, bananas, mangoes, exotic fruit, tea and of course some wonderful coffee too. Spending some quality time with her will give you insights into the workings of the farm but also into the development work she does for her district on the social and educational fronts. Today in Peru, while indigenous communities produce their food in the same way that their ancestors did, there are many others who too are adopting these methods. Living off the land, taking care of the elements, this is how we take care of Mother Earth, just like she has taken care of us.
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