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Preparing the Soil
  Preparing the Soil, 1995
A native of Tiwanaku, Alvaro (the man pictured here), is familiar with the annual planting and harvesting cycles followed in the campo. As Bolivia is south of the Equator, Aymara people plant their spring crops in November. Now a resident of El Alto (the name of the outlying city sprawl around La Paz), Alvaro regularly returns to his family's farm to help his parents and siblings cultivate the food they will need for the following year. Here Alvaro gathers dried sheep dung in a bag to use as fertilizer for their potato crop. Being the primary staple in the Andes, potatoes are the only crops Aymara people organically fertilize. Dried dung from larger animals, such as cows, is used for cooking fuel in the home.
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