TOPIC: “Maca – the history, culture, production, biochemistry and protection of Peru’s most unique medicinal superfood”
Wednesday 4 October – 5.45 – 7.45pm @ Wise Cicada
This is a FREE Workshop – But Spaces are limited so you MUST REGISTER HERE
During this workshop, you will learn about:
- The anthropology of Incan farming, the history and cultivation of maca and the cultural and spiritual practices that revolve around it.
- The complexities of maca farming in Junin, from cultivation, to harvest, to processing and production.
- The scientific biochemistry of maca and how it translates to the medicinal applications. The medicinal explanation of traditional methods of preparation and consumption.
- The potential of maca as a therapeutic.
- The story of Florencio Seleno Health’s farmer. His journey as a maca farmer and the challenges he faces day to day.
- The reality of superfood farming to the community of San Jose de Quero. The local school and the impact of maca globalization on the people.
- Seleno Health’s story outlining why they wanted to share maca with the world. Meeting with their farmer and the collaboration to create an ethical and sustainable partnership.
- Farm to Table Maca Production.
- Seleno Health’s social responsibility programs in San Jose de Quero, fund-raising and their model of sustainable eco-tourism.
- The volunteer program and what you need to know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer in Peru.
- What you can do to make a difference.
There will also be a hands-on component where Corin and Sally will teach you to make a traditional Peruvian Maca tea (Inca tea) and a modern twist on a dessert using maca (Maca truffles). Both recipes will be available in a recipe booklet which is a free gift with donations to Corin and Sally’s charity fund in Peru. There will also be Peruvian textiles and clothing available supplied by their community, with full proceeds going to our fund to help the children of their local school. We will also have information about their volunteer program in Peru, Peruvian music, videos and imagery from the recent harvest.
Maca is one of the world’s most unique and powerful medicinal superfoods and has amazing potential as a therapeutic. It only grows above 3800m in a tiny area of the world on a high mountain plateau in the region of Junin, Peru. As a medicinal it has been the centre of Inca culture, history and spirituality for over 2000 years. For the people of Junin who continue to cultivate it, it has a great spiritual and cultural significance and is celebrated for the benefits it provides.
Dr Corin Storkey and Sally Huapaya are a young New Zealand and Peruvian couple who are founders and directors of a boutique health company called Seleno Health. Sally’s family are from the Junin region of Peru and she grew up immersed in the farming culture of the Andes that defines the Incan descendants of the region. Her grandad was one of the many farmers who left his farm to seek opportunities in the city as he, like so many others from the region believed that there was no future in farming in Peru, despite sitting on top of an agricultural gold mine. Sally had spent her life seeing first-hand the destruction of her culture, history and heritage at the hands of global consumerism as the world began to demand their rich agricultural resources.
‘The harsh reality is that a 2000 year old Incan culture and medicine is being destroyed by corporate greed, exploitation and corruption.’
So as a couple with a mission, they set about trying to protect their community and people from joining a dying industry and created an ethical and sustainable agricultural model that benefits everyone involved. Their story was made even more compelling when they partnered with a humble farmer who had overcome cancer that was supposed to have taken his life and who attributes his recovery solely to the medicinal powers of the maca he farms. With aligned values their combined goal is to revive the culture of Incan farming in their town of San Jose de Quero and create a thriving agricultural community as rich as the resources that they current own.
On top of their social responsibility programs, volunteer program and product production in Peru, they are also undertaking research with the High-altitude Research Centre (Peru) and Victoria University of Wellington to further understand the science, biochemistry and medicinal modes of action behind maca. Come and support their cause by attending our interactive workshop and learn more about the wonders of maca and how it can change your life like it has for the people of Peru for the last 2000 years.
Register for their workshop HERE
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