noun ⎮mil⋅pa⎮

Origin: from the Náhuatl mil-li-pan, meaning ‘what shall be sown onto the field’.

The milpa is an agricultural system used throughout Mesoamerica, based on the ancient methods of the Mayas and other Mesoamerican peoples.

milpa agroecosystem is highly diverse: different crops are interspersed with each other, including various varieties of maize, beans and squash (commonly referred to as the “three sisters” that live in a perfect symbiosis),  as well as avocados, melons, tomatoes, amaranth, and so on.

The use of this traditional crop system conserves local knowledge, enables farmers to control their genetic resources and provides for a basis for local subsistence.

Our first film Voices of Transition is a fully independent, 65 minute-long documentary, directed and produced by Nils Aguilar. It’s the fruit of four years’ passionate work and has benefitted hugely from the work of volunteers scattered all over the world.

If you want to know more about our first film, please visit our new page www.voicesoftransition.org.