Several us ventured out early Sunday morning to experience the indigenous vegetable market in Cotacachi. Certainly a happening place, the narrow alley was filled with humans, grains, tubers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. In the photo above: maiz, triga, magui y mora.
Kevin Murphy purchasing quinoa, the variety 'Tunkahuan.'
Quinua y amaranto.
Tomate de arbol.
Here chamomile stems, leaves and flowers are used to prepare tea.
By Julianne Kellogg
About this blog:
2016 is the first year for Kevin Murphy’s Neotropical Agroecology class in Ecuador. Students will spend two weeks in Ecuador meeting with, learning from and working alongside farmers, artisans, naturalists and/or ecologists in two distinct ecosystems. During the first week, we will focus on the agroecology and social ecology of northern Ecuador. This will include visits to Puembo, Cotacachi, Otavalo and Peguche in the Andean highlands, followed by three days in the Intag Cloud Forest region on the western slope of the Andes Mountains. The second week will be spent in Quito area in Ilalo, followed by a journey south to the high altitude areas around Riobamba and Cañar. In Quito, we will visit agrosilvopastoral farming systems, seed sovereignty organizations, local farms, Slow Food Ecuador, among other exciting adventures. In Cañar, we will visit and work with an indigenous Cañari farmer association of seed and grain producers. The trip will end in Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador.