noun ⎮mil⋅pa⎮Origin: from the Náhuatl mil-li-pan, meaning ‘what shall be sown onto the field’. *
With the background as a trained sociologist, Nils Aguilar dedicates himself to visual and radiophonic communication of concrete utopias.
He lives in Berlin and works in a self-organized co- and slow-working space, the thinkfarm.
He also regularly teaches progressive economic and agroecological concepts at the University of Tübingen.
His first film Voices of Transition is a fully independent, 65 minute-long documentary. It’s the fruit of four years’ passionate work and has benefitted hugely from the work of volunteers scattered all over the world. See www.voicesoftransition.org
Synopsis: “Voices of Transition” presents innovative and very solutions to the food security challenges of our crisis-ridden age. It showcases powerful images of community-led “post-industrial” farming in Cuba, ingenious woodland farming methods in France and the Transition movement in the UK, where communities are moving towards local self-sufficiency.
The milpa is an agricultural system used throughout Mesoamerica, based on the ancient methods of the Mayas and other Mesoamerican peoples.
A 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.