Central Rivers Farmshed

We organize events, programs, workshops and resources that help support a local food economy.

The Pre-Columbian Amazonian Black Earth Re-emerging Today: A Source of Global Regeneration
By Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, Founder and Director, Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration
October 15, 6:00 pmCo-sponsored by the UWSP College of Natural Resources International Programs Committee

Working with Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Highlands, the Sachamama Center has recreated the black earth of the Amazon (which Brazilians call terra preta de indio and the locals call by its Quechua name: Yana Allpa) using biochar, compost, and forest micro-organisms.  The local Kichwa-Lamista people have a tradition of making offerings to the spirits of the earth, which are included as part of the soil building and agricultural practices.  These methods and practices are applicable throughout the world to sequester carbon, build soil, and maintain/re-create cultural traditions.  During this presentation and conversation, Frederique will share the work of the Sachamama Center in Peru and discuss its application here and across the world.

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, PhD. is Professor Emerita, at Smith College and distinguished visiting professor at the College of the Environment in Wesleyan University (2013-14). She founded Sachamama Center in 2009 which she directs and finances. She has spent years in India and Peru working with indigenous peoples and farmers. She was a research associate at the World Institute for Development Economics (WIDER) in Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University, for several years in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Along with the Harvard economist Stephen A. Marglin, she has directed several research projects questioning the dominance of the modern paradigm of knowledge.  Since 1993, she has been invited to collaborate with activist/intellectual groups in Peru and Bolivia and with one of them, PRATEC, has published The Spirit of Regeneration: Andean Culture Confronting Western Notions of Development (Zed Books & St. Martin press, 1998).  Her penultimate book based on her work in Peru is entitled Subversive Spiritualities: How Rituals Enact the World (Oxford, New York 2011).  More information about Frederique and the Sachamama Center is available at: http://www.casasangapilla.com/sachamamain/

Then the following week:
Peru: Learning and Applications for our Farmshed
By Jeremy Solin
October 22, 6:00 pm
Jeremy will share what he learned in Peru and its application in central and northern Wisconsin.  A free-will offering will be requested to support Farmshed’s Greenhouse Project.


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