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  • - [Narrator] South of Mexico City is Xochimilco,

  • known for its famous floating farms, or as the locals call them,

  • - [Farmer] Chinampas.

  • - [Narrator] Thanks, Lucio! - [Farmer] You got it.

  • - [Narrator] With the help of this farmer,

  • and this chef,

  • this man is fighting to keep some of Mexico's oldest farms alive.

  • Meet Lucio. He's one of the co-founders of Yolcan,

  • a nonprofit aimed at preserving the chinampas.

  • - [Lucio] The chinampas are these artificial islands built even before the Aztecs.

  • So for us, Yolcan is so important to preserve this culture and this space.

  • - [Narrator] The chinampas have some of the most fertile land in all of Mexico.

  • And because of that, some of the best produce in the country is grown there.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - [Narrator] This is Noe.

  • He's one of the farmers that works in Xochimilco and still uses the ancient chinampa technique.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - [Narrator] Because the farmers lack the money to hire workers,

  • they often leave the chinampas to find better paying jobs in the city.

  • Lucio knew that the only way to keep the farmers in Xochimilco,

  • was to get the chinampas fresh produce into restaurants all throughout Mexico city.

  • - [Narrator] Enter Jorge Vallejo.

  • - [Narrator] Jorge is considered one of Mexico's top chefs,

  • and his restaurant Quintonil is rated #6 in Latin America's 50 best restaurants.

  • This guy is the real deal.

  • - [Narrator] Jorge, along with other Mexican chefs

  • work with Yolcan to buy the produce from the Chinampa farmers

  • and include them into their dishes.

  • - [Narrator] Yolcan has gone on to partner with 50 more of Mexico's chefs,

  • bringing work back to the farmers, and providing hope for the future of the chinampas.

  • - [Farmer] We believe that farmers are the caretakers of the land and also of our health.

  • So for us, the chinampa is the symbol of Mexican agriculture.

  • We hope that people will have a glimpse of what Xochimilco used to be more than 800 years ago.

- [Narrator] South of Mexico City is Xochimilco,

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Fighting to Keep Mexico's Floating Farms Alive

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    許大善 posted on 2019/05/14
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