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Traditional Croplands

Tierras de cultivo tradicionales

 
 
Traditional Croplands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
1. Traditional Croplands Marker
Inscription.  
The world derives about 60% of its diet today from foods native to the Americas, including corn, potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa, and even chocolate. Each season some of these foods, which have transformed global cuisine over the last 500 years, are grown in the museum's gardens. You can taste indigenous American ingredients in the museum's Mitsitam Cafe.

Rather than using chemical pesticides, the museum deploys hundreds of ladybugs in the gardens as an organic pest control.

[Spanish translation:]
Aproximadamente un 60% del alimento a nivel mundial proviene hoy de especies autóctonas de América, como el maíz, la papa, el chile o ají, el tomate, la quinua e incluso el chocolate. Temporada tras temporada, se han cultivado en los jardines del museo algunos de estos alimentos, que han transformado la cocina en todo el mundo a lo largo de los últimos 500 años. Puede probar ingredientes indígenas americanos en el Mitsitam Cafe del museo.

En lugar de utilizar pesticidas químicos, el museo despliega cientos de mariquitas en sus jardines para controlar las plagas de manera orgánica.
Traditional Croplands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2020
2. Traditional Croplands Marker

 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnthropology & ArchaeologyHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans.
 
Location. 38° 53.283′ N, 77° 0.989′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Maryland Avenue Southwest and Independence Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling west on Maryland Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 482 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (a few steps from this marker); Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Lunar Calendars (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you find symbols… (within shouting distance of this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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