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Making Milpa Workshop


The Agroecology and Practice of Indigenous Agriculture


Students, gardeners, farmers, and scientists invited!

In our collective effort to transform food and agriculture, we have much to learn from the way Indigenous people farm around the world.  Join us for this two-day workshop with the OSU Student Farm that will deepen our understanding of an indigenous form of agriculture in Central America- the Maya milpa.

With this workshop, we hope to make a small step towards decolonizing and enriching our work by learning about milpa- its cultural, ecological, and practical dimensions. An integral part of this will be planting a milpa together with a Maya farmer from Belize, Central America.

The workshop, to be held at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory (i.e., Waterman Farm, 2490 Carmack Road Columbus, OH 43210) runs Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th.  Registration is $15.  Light snacks will be provided Friday evening, as well as lunch on Saturday.

To register and pay, please go to:

If you require a waiver of the $15 registration fee, please fill out the form here<> instead.

The workshop will cover five themes:

(1)       Agroecology and the ecology of milpa

(2)       Culture and history of swidden agriculture

(3)       Planting milpa with a farmer from Belize

(4)       Community food security and sovereignty

(5)       Farmer-to-farmer exchange of knowledge, seeds, and dreams

For questions, please reach out to

We hope to see you there!

OSU Student Farm