This church crowns the Fontebranda hill above the famous fountain of that name immortalized by Dante, and in a steep lane below stands the house of St Catherine, now converted into a church and oratory, and maintained at the expense of the inhabitants of the Contrada dell' Oca.
Here also are other plants with edible roots - the oca (Oxalis tuberosa), ulluca (Ullucus tuberosus), massua (Tropceolum tuberosum), and learc6 (Polymnia sonchifolia).
In the sierra region, wheat, barley, oats, quinua (Chenopodium quinoa), alfalfa, Indian corn, oca (Oxalis tuberosa) and potatoes are the principal products.
above the sea, the indigenous species include the potato, maize, oca (Oxalis tuberosa), and quinua (Chenopodium quinoa), and the exotic species, wheat, barley, oats, alfalfa (Medicago saliva), and most of the fruits and vegetables of the northern temperate zone.
Among the more important productions, the potato, oca (Oxalis tuberosa), quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) and some coarse grasses characterize the puna region, while barley, an exotic, is widely grown for fodder.
Between the 5th and 6th parallels the range divides into two branches, the eastern passing into Venezuela, where it is called the Cordillera de Merida, and the northern continuing north and north-east as the Sierra de Perija and the Sierra de Oca, to terminate at the north-eastern extremity of the Goajira peninsula.
When the kingdom was at its height it included all the modern province of the name; the northern slope of the western Pyrenees called by the Spaniards the "Ultra-puertos" or country beyond the passes, and now known as French Navarre; the Basque provinces; the Bureba, the valley between the Basque Mountains and the Montes de Oca to the north of Burgos; the Rioja and Tarazona in the upper valley of the Ebro.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) began in 1998 as an online organization designed to promote advocacy for organic foods.
The formation of the OCA was in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposals to loosen standards for organic labeling.
The OCA opposed these proposals and was a strong voice of opposition.
In present day, the OCA represents more than three quarters of a million members including merchants and individuals.
For this reason, all the information you need regarding this organization is readily available on the official OCA website.
Copies of Organic Bytes, which is the official newsletter for the OCA.
Information detailing any boycotts or protests currently underway by the OCA.
The website also provides contact information to get in touch with any of the people currently serving in a leadership role for the OCA.
Visitors to the website can access local OCA information by searching for information by state.
OCA has partnered with Greenpeace on more than one occasion to demand truth in labeling and advertising, perhaps most notably with Whole Foods Market.
The OCA claims that Whole Foods Market, which is a popular mainstream natural food store, deceives consumers by presenting products as natural when the products actually don't qualify for this designation.
Whole Foods Market is not the first organization to be the target of an aggressive OCA campaign.
OCA has also called for boycotts against meat suppliers, personal care suppliers and milk producers.
Since the OCA is one of the largest membership-driven advocate groups for organic foods and sustainable living, most retailers take notice when the OCA calls for action.
You can also become an active member on the OCA forums within the website.