Allin Mikuy Ayllu – La Comunidad del Buen Comer – Community of Good Eating

Well since we will be away for the next few weeks on vacation on our adventure trip to the Amazon rainforest, I thought I would give you folks 2 blog posts to tie you over until we get back.

We haven’t had a lot of opportunities to visit farms and with our time coming to a close in Peru, I wanted to take advantage of an opportunity to go back to a community outside of Lima, one we had visited shortly after our arrival – check out the blog post from March “Bioagricultura Casa Blanca. It seemed like this happened so long ago.

“Allin Mikuy Ayllu” significa en quechua “La Comunidad del Buen Comer”. Somos un grupo de amigos y amigas de diferentes distritos de Lima quienes queriendo comer sano y en una apuesta solidaria en defensa de la soberanía alimentaria, decidimos organizarnos como consumidores y entrar en contacto directo con productores agroecológicos.

Allin Mikuy Ayllu is Quechu for the Community of Good Eating. We are a group of friends from different districts of Lima who want to eat healthy food, and in a solidarity gesture in defence of food sovereignty decided to organize as consumer and become engaged directly with agroecological producers.

So we met one Sunday morning where they had rented a large van. We as per usual didn’t leave until at least an hour later than planned but that is the latin way. We ended up having a van load of adults and children – I had planned on doing a post about the children here. Suffice it to say they are in good hands here, being raised perhaps the way we used to raise kids, very much endeared but also left to be kids, none of this bubble wrap generation.

Anyway it didn’t take long to get to our first stop since Sunday traffic is a breeze compared to the other days of the week.

First stop was a nursery not sure why. In any event, you could all sorts of plants.  I have been intrigued by the eucalyptus trees we see often in the countryside. Of course not native and actually not very suitable as they need water and will find it by any means through their root systems – building beware.

Check out these eucaptus seedlings whose roots are in these tiny plastic shot size cups.  The larger seedlings weren’t in anything much larger.

Next onto the farm visit, where we first encountered a variety of plants under cultivation although at different stages of growth since you can practically grow anything here year round as is done with corn. Here is some drying, some still growing

More camote or sweet potato:

A new fruit – nancite – tastes like a kiwi which I love, with a big pit so easy to pick out, nice yellow flesh and easily peeled, the size of medium size grapes:

Some fencing and greenhouses:

  

A yam plant

A pig farm we briefly visited alongside the organic farm – the former not being organic for sure but at least compared to agribusiness pork production this was teenie:

Tree canopy which is so needed in the hot dry climate – it wasn’t hot at this time since it is winter so more grey & dreary & actually sometimes chilly.

The farmer, Sr. Ortiz

Our last stop was checking out this abandoned old hacienda, on a very prominent rock hill which was easy to climb and you got the best views.

Beef cattle feedlots, fortunately so small compared to what I have seen in El Paso Texas where they span dozens of square miles:

A woman washing her laundry: (you can see her in the bottom of the pic 2 pics up)

A watering hole:

The view of one of the cerros – quite colourful actually with all the laundry in a sea of rock & sand:

The view from below:

and from within:

Views of the inner walls:

A watering hole?

 

All in all it was a good day. Very nice folks who were all supporters of the Community Supported Agriculture program.  Alas they only receive a box (canaste) every 2 months.  We were provided with a decent vegetarian meal – Mr.C5 was of course not happy but I was. Met some folks who actually spoke English so Mr. C5 was happy afterall.

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