Quinoa – Yojana Miraya

With all of my interest in quinoa these days (if you haven’t seen the Food for Thought short film about quinoa and Blake Richard, you should check it out), it seemed like fate that I would meet Yojana Miraya.

Yojana is a student in the Masters Program for Community and Environment at Humboldt State University and friend of co-producer Jessica Eden.  She was raised in the Andes where quinoa was a staple food for her indigenous community.  Small amounts were grown for the village, none of it made the long arduous journey to the coast to be shipped away to other markets.

Listen to her story about indigenous foods of the Andes and how quinoa was part of her daily life.

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Wild Rose Farm, Blake and Tae Richard

New short film about Blake Richard and locally produced quinoa here!

I came across Tae at the farmers market in Arcata one lovely Saturday morning — and there he sat behind a colorful mound of…what?!  Quinoa?!  Seriously — have you seen quinoa?  Who is going to grow and harvest such a small seed — well, I’ll tell you who — Tae and his father Blake!  So I got a hold of Blake and talked him into coming in for an interview — we talked about all of the wonderful veg they are growing and their start in this very new venture.  So…do you know that the only other domestic producers of quinoa are in Colorado?  and there is only one farmer there that grows it.  Hats off to Tae and Blake — pick up some of their beautiful multicolored quinoa and support their new enterprise!  Quinoa salads all around!

Quinoa Harvest 2016

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