Preparing a vegetable garden in Tonatico
We have been very busy establishing and monitoring all the organic vegetable gardens around the Sierra Gorda. There are many women participating enthusiastically and involving all the members of their family, including daughters and sons, and husbands, too.
In May, we organized a follow-up workshop with 84 women and men, who have recently established their own organic vegetable gardens, to talk about their results and experiences. After introductory sessions with the promoters, the participants have learnt how to use bio-intensive gardening techniques, including garden design, bed preparation, planting, transplanting, pruning and finally, how to get the most nutritious value from the produce. In addition, they shared their experiences in separating their rubbish, recycling and healthy eating (leaving behind tinned and prepared foods as well as excess salt, fat and sugary drinks).
It was an excellent meeting, full of motivation, happiness, questions and experiences. It was obvious that they now know how to differentiate between organic products and those that contain chemicals. All the participants now consume what they produce and sell part of the harvest. They have been experiencing forgotten flavors, for some, new ones, for others and discovering the marvels of cultivating a small piece of land, loving it and valuing its productivity. Finally, everyone shared their own produce and were willing to exchange products, seeds and results with their colleagues.
Training session on how to prepare bio-fertilizer
The startings of a vegetable garden in Potrerillos
Installing a watering system
Workshop about soil culture, with Mario Pedraza
Visiting the vegetable garden in Tonatico ranch
Delicious organic produce