Guide to Using Maya Farming Principles
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.
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.
We aim to capture the Maya plants’ unique properties in our database recording over 400 plants from our in-field studies.
A spice that can make tea and treat digestive upsets and toothaches
An ornamental flower that treats fevers, rashes, and more
A nutritious vegetable that lessens the effects of diabetes
An ancient Maya city center and archeological site on the present-day border of Cayo District, Belize and Peten, Guatemala
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