Posted on Tue, October 02, 2012 by Slow Food USA
1 Comments | Categories: Farms and Farming, Food Justice,
The Perennial Plate is a fantastic documentary series that explores socially responsible, sustainable and adventurous eating across the U.S. Slow Food USA has a video content partnership with Perennial to showcase one of our favorite films every month.
This Month’s Perennial Plate Feature: La Minga
“Minga” is a word native to the Quechua people of South America. It translates to “collective work,” and stems from indigenous ideals of community in Andean history. Today, “minga” is often used to describe the coming together of the community or a community for the betterment of all.
In the case of the community organic farm shown in this month’s Perennial Plate feature, cooperative collective work is vital to its existence. Nelson Escobar, the coordinator of the 15-acre farm in Louisville, KY shares his vision that good food is an inherent right and a necessity for all.
Escobar began the farm as a means to preserve cultural diversity in his community. Members are each given the opportunity to grow two to three vegetable varieties from their native countries. Through their collaboration on the farm, members are able to share traditional methods of cultivation and preserve crops of cultural and historical significance. As we learn from Escobar and his fellow urban farmers, the farm continues to work to reduce the cost of food within the community and to promote the local workforce.
We hope this film inspires you!