The Xochimilca people of ancient Mexico were skillful water farmers. Their floating farms were called chinampas and were placed on top of the swampy Lake Xochimilco.  Built from cane structures, then filled with mud from the bottom of the lake these platform garden beds were huge and anchored in place by the trees that lined the shore. These ancient Mexican farmers grew vegetables, flowers and herbs that were fertilized with the rich nutrients culled from the bottom of the lake. Today these gardens can still be seen when visiting the Mexican ecological park, the Parque Natural Xochimilco.   For more information, visit.

Note of interest: The Shambhalla Institute is having a special workshop to celebrate and honor Cinco de Mayo for more information on this event, click here.