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Mexico’s stunning floating gardens help supply its most famous restaurants

Yolcan’s operation is 15 acres, and it creates about 2.5 tons of produce per month.

Sarah Jacobs
Business Insider
Aug. 20, 2017


While the farm-to-table idea is not new in the food world, some higher-end restaurants in Mexico City are beginning to source their ingredients directly from the famed floating gardens of Xochimilco. Sometimes referred to as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats, Xochimilco is home to gardens that use ancient cultivation techniques to produce over 2.5 tons of food per month.

With the help of a business called Yolcan, Xochimilco’s produce is now being served in Mexico City’s most acclaimed restaurants.

This technique of farming, known as chinampa, has been used since before the time of the Aztecs. It was then that farmers created the “floating” islands, which are bound to the shallow canal beds through layers of sediment and willow roots.

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