From the United States to Peru.
In the fall of 2015, I went on an adventure to Lima, Peru to student teach for middle school science. Lima is the capital of Peru and is located along the coastline of the Pacific ocean. Below is a photo of Lima in the winter.
Throughout my stay I ventured to two of the three portions of Peru; the coast/desert and the Andes mountains. Agriculture was always in the back of my mind.
Textiles contain patterns that represent the area where they were created. Here, an ocean wave represents a family who moved from the coast to the highlands.
Plants and minerals are used to dye fabrics for textiles.
The dye is extracted from plants and fruits.
Salt mining is a major industry in the highlands of Peru. Here you can see the water running out of the mountain. It is irrigated thousands of directions to fill different slots.
Over time, the sun naturally evaporates the water off the salt solution. This leaves large pieces of salt which works scoop up with shovels.
Here you can see all the different salt slots in salt mine.
This is a traditional Incan "research farm" where Incans experimented with different hybrids at different elevations.
Llamas and sheep often graze the rare plains in the highlands.
Agriculture education does not exist in Peru. I was located in a wealthier private school in a high-economic status community of the capital of Peru. There was no agriculture education. There was basic biology and chemistry. Post-high school (age 16) there are major universities in Peru that offer Agriculture Education but you must invest substantial money to attend the college. The general public has little agriculture-based education.
With a drastic difference in geography, culture, and education Peru and the United States vary in their views and opinions of agriculture.
It is essential to be informed consumers and advocate for production agriculture in a positive , factual way.
What will you spread? How will you share your knowledge about your experiences in agriculture?