Finca Mi Casa – Don Luis Soto of Camuy, Puerto Rico

by Francisco G. Gómez At first glance, you may think that Don Luis Soto is just an ordinary man; you may even look at him and not believe he’s a farmer. In fact, he’s a retired agronomist who’s always been … Continue reading

Food, Music and Culture = EcoCulture

by Francisco G. Gómez Recently I was asked why Raíces’ mission had strayed so far away from the Arts. As all things evolve through the processes of experience, connections and new understanding, I pondered the question for a moment before … Continue reading

Culantro/ Cilantro: No, It’s Not the Same!

by Angela Lugo Culantro (Eryngium foetidum L.,Apiaceae) is both a cooking and medicinal herb well known in the Caribbean, West Indies and the Far East. It is a biennial herb indigenous to continental tropical America and the West Indies. The … Continue reading

Back to Nature, you say, but how can you go back to something that you’ve always been a part of?

by Francisco G. Gómez Humans have devised so many complex labels in an endless attempt to describe what is simply, Nature. Permaculture, Bio Dynamic Farming, Eco Farming, Eco Tourism, Eco Spiritual Retreat… ”get in tune with nature through your inner … Continue reading

Numen – The Healing Power of Plants

by Francisco G.Gómez Syllabification: (nu·men) Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞omən/ noun (plural numina /-mənə/) the spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place. Origin: early 17th century: from Latin Above is one of several definitions of numen. Sociologists use the word … Continue reading

“I don’t see the point of flowers other than for the pollinators they attract!”

By Francisco G. Gómez A week ago I was invited to a round table discussion. The topic was end of garden season observations. It turned out to be a round circle talk because there was no table, no problem. There … Continue reading

Seed, it’s What We Are

by Francisco G. Gómez Do we ever stop to think about what we really are? No, I’m not talking about your identity or your cultural background; or anything else for that matter, other than what is it that first made … Continue reading

Eco-Living in a Plentiful Way: Plenitud Eco-Educational Initiatives

by Francisco G. Gómez I was up by 6:30 am as the vibrant sunshine from an incredibly beautiful blue sky was peeping in through the curtains. As I rolled back the sliding doors, the balmy winds from the Atlantic swept … Continue reading

Mata Siguaraya

by Francisco G. Gómez In Cuba the Yoruba of West Africa are known as Lucumí. The Yoruba were brought as slaves to the island of Cuba in the nineteenth century during the Middle Passage. They are the descendants of diviners … Continue reading

The Medicinal and Spiritual Properties of Passion Fruit

by Francisco G. Gómez Passiflora edulis, better known as Passion Fruit, is one of the most beautiful plants I have ever had the pleasure of caring for and using medicinally.  People who grew/grow up in the Caribbean use this plant … Continue reading