In the Sierra Gorda agricultural plots are usually maintained by applying agrochemicals, which in the long-run cause poor water infiltration and lack of nutrients in the soil. We have been helping the local farmers improve their production by providing them with homemade biofertilizers and knowledge about keyline design that maximizes water infiltration, and by helping them reintroduce minerals and microorganisms. You can now help us expand our practices to 20 new beneficiaries.
The majority of local farmers currently apply agrochemicals that in the long-term leave farmers with soils devoid of the microorganisms and nutrients needed for production. The impoverished soils erode easily resulting in higher rates of water runoff which diminishes groundwater recharge. We provide farmers with training to apply best practices in soil regeneration and healthy produce, as well as long-term technical assistance in order to improve the long term productivity of local agriculture.
100 farmers in the Sierra Gorda have participated to date, including Don Jacinto Vijil Soria. Joining our program in 2012, he learned how to prepare biofertilizers and reintroduce minerals and microorganisms. Don Jacinto became one of our most successful local partners, selling tomatoes that he produces on a regional level. These success stories inspire others in the conservative rural agriculture sector to adopt regenerative practices. With your help, we could influence 20 more farmers.
Learning and applying such sustainable methods reduces production costs and increases farmers' income in the long run. The amount of organic matter found in soils increases and results in healthier produce and improved diet and health. Increased organic matter leads to increased amounts of stored carbon and water in the soils. Since water vapor and carbon dioxide are both greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, these sustainable methods also contribute to climate change mitigation.