Resources

Resources

Guide to Incorporating Maya Farming

Learn how to apply Maya agricultural practices that increase yields while maximizing environmental benefits. Although these methods center around mimicking the structure of the Maya forest, their principles can be applied to different habitats.

Cover Cropping

CONSERVES WATER

This is the practice of planting cover crops, which are plants that cover your soil in order to reduce soil erosion, increase water retention, improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and more. Cover crops can be planted around the time of harvesting cash crops or in between rows of permanent crops.

Plant Database

We aim to capture the Maya plants’ unique properties in our database recording over 400 plants from our in-field studies.

Naba-cuc
Allspice

A spice that can make tea and treat digestive upsets and toothaches

Ixcanan
Polly Redhead

An ornamental flower that treats fevers, rashes, and more

Tza
Chaya

A nutritious vegetable that lessens the effects of diabetes

Glossary

El Pilar

An ancient Maya city center and archeological site on the present-day border of Cayo District, Belize and Peten, Guatemala

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