As part of a global campaign, the Ecosystem Restoration Camps are joining forces with the non-profit Mexican Via Organica and Regeneration International to develop a model for farmers in semi-arid regions to reabsorb carbon from the atmosphere, restore Soil fertility, improve rainwater retention and restore tree cover. We offer you the opportunity to learn how to restore degraded land, increase organic food production and build a model that works from regenerative practices in the highlands of Guanajuato north of central Mexico.
This practical experience and two-week cultural exchange at the Via Organic Educational Ranch, a training center 15 miles from the UN World Heritage site, San Miguel Allende, will help you develop your perspective and regenerative skills.
The Rancho Vía Orgánica is designed as a model of how 75 hectares of degraded agricultural and grazing land can be converted into a node of regeneration in the semi-arid highlands (2100 meters) of Mexico, producing vegetables, herbs, fruits, seeds and highly nutritious, organic, regenerative animal products for several thousand people in the Organic Way restaurant, market and food store in nearby San Miguel.
Through your experience you will learn different organic and regenerative techniques including bio-intensive gardening, composting, seed storage and tree planting. You will also be able to explore the local area around the site and visit the wonderful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende.
This great work is one of the most powerful solutions to avoid the climate crisis. To regenerate the soils and forests of cropland and pastures that were eleven fertile, we need to show and, in some cases, build models that work and show how farmers can regenerate rural landscapes and rural ways of life. , in every continent, in every nation.
To participate in this experience, we ask you to contribute with 6750 Mexican pesos if you are a Mexican resident and 700 US dollars as a non-Mexican resident. If you are a member of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, your contribution is 700 US dollars as non-Mexican resident and 6750 Mexican pesos as Mexican national. This contribution will give you the tools and inspiration to transmit the message and vision of the Regeneration back in your community of origin, and will cover your meals and lodging during your stay.
If you are interested in being part of this experience, please fill out the form below. You can make the payment on the Regeneration International website.
Details of the Organic Road Restoration Experience.
When: Feb. 21 - March 1, 2020
Where: Rancho Vía Orgánica, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Costs: 700 American dollars for international campers. 6750 Mexican pesos for residents of Mexico. 650 US dollars for international ERC member. 6000 Mexican pesos for ERC members who are Mexican residents. Costs include all meals, lodging, classes and activities. 15 percent of camp fees will go directly to Ecosystem Restoration Camps. Half of the camp fee due on registration, half due on November 15th.
Payments can be made via Regeneration International.
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Do you want to make a difference and have fun at the same time?
Participates with OCA , EcoSystem Restoration Camps and Regeneration International for two weeks in the Ecosystem Restoration Camp at the Vía Orgánica Ranch, an educational ranch in regenerative agriculture near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Camp activities will include restoration work such as tree planting, composting, seed collection, working with the land, cooking, music, campfires, making new friends and much more.
Keep reading to know more details.
The experience in Via Orgánica
The project of restoration of the ecosystem in Vía Orgánica is a practical experience of learning in one of the most important educational organic ranches in Mexico. Together we will learn basic bio-intensive organic practices, as well as how to restore degraded and semi-arid lands around the ranch. Participants will have the opportunity to experience life on a regenerative ranch, make new friends and learn about Mexican food and culture.
Who are we looking for?
We are inviting people who want to offer their time to contribute to the restoration activities and learn more about the ecology of the landscape around Via Orgánica. The experience will be valued but not required! We seek to include campers of different ages, backgrounds and interests in this event. We want to do this great job and have fun at the same time!
What is the schedule?
The camp group will participate in a learning workshop in the mornings, followed by a team effort to carry out a combination of practical restoration activities. Campers will have three organic meals prepared daily, with free time and social activities at night. For the morning workshops we will have a mix of guests and workshops to share information about the region and about the practice of restoration. We will facilitate a day-to-day schedule before the campers arrive.
Arrival and departure
Camp activities begin on the afternoon of the first day (Friday, February 21) and end on the morning of the last day (Sunday, March 1). You must arrive in Leon or Querétaro before 3:00 p.m. of the day and book your flight leaving Leon or Queretaro after 11:30 am on the last day.
If you can, we encourage you to arrive early or stay longer so you can spend time in downtown San Miguel de Allende.
What does the price of the study trip include?
- The cost of the stay includes shared accommodation in adobe huts (or option to bring your own tent), transportation to the ranch from the Via Organic store and three organic meals per day. There will be a camp coordinator on site at all times and translators.
All our meals are prepared using many ingredients from our organic and educational ranch. Herbs, green leafy vegetables and vegetables will be harvested daily from our orchards and free grazing eggs from our regenerative bird system. Other ingredients such as corn, beans, milk and organic dairy products, poultry and many other fruits and vegetables from local organic ranches and small producers.
All our raw foods are carefully washed and disinfected. To drink we provide bottled water.
There will be organic wine and homemade beers available at an extra cost. Every morning there will be organic coffee and tea ready at the lookout point of the hill. Come prepared to enjoy handmade fresh tortillas and a variety of delicious Mexican foods!
Is there internet access at the ranch?
There should be Internet in several areas of the ranch. We have a fairly reliable Internet signal, although the ranch is located in a rural area and there are times when the signal goes and we can not guarantee access. There is no telephone signal so if you want to make calls, it is advisable to have WhatsApp for communication.
What are the costs?
We ask campers for a donation to help cover the cost of their stay, which includes lodging, meals and a small amount for the staff that coordinates our work. We have a reduced cost for the residents of Mexico and a discount for the members of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps. The cost table is summarized below.
Biography Managers and collaborators in the 2019 camp
Lourdes Guerrero Maya , a young enthusiast and passionate of the work in the field, the contact with nature and the exchange of experiences with the community, she represents an example for the youth and the women of the community of The Fifteen in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, she has collaborated in the project of the family farm of animals, is also an educational promoter in the Rancho Escuela de Vía Orgánica and has attended training courses in the agroecological management of chickens, currently she is in charge of the model of REGENERATIVE FARMS focused on field birds, which presents an option to change systems current production of food, creating jobs for small producers, access to healthy and local products for consumers. The Regenerative Farm has the agroforestry system of perennial plants that provide the access to a natural space, taking advantage of all the resources. It also regenerates ecology, regenerates the local economy and regenerates society.
Martin Tovar Rico
Form part of the team of collaborators in the Rancho de Vía Orgánica, and is in charge of the maintenance area, however is a craftsman who works the stone that his father taught him besides working with the milpa in its production of self-fo. He has collaborated in rehabilitation and soil conservation works in different communities, is one of the key elements, thanks to its ease of communication, and simplicity and dynamism.
Don Martin is part of the group of educational promoters and has collaborated in all areas of production, from animal handling, construction, work with stone and currently coordinates the center of the separation of the organic waste generated by the restaurant and even the vermicomposting, in addition to some soil conservation work.
She collaborates in the Organic Way Project, her passion to learn from nature, she has collaborated in different areas of Rancho Escuela, from management in the production of vegetables, seed production, composting processes, and now her job is to promote the responsible for development of projects, and especially the empowerment of young people from their communities. She currently supports the management of the project together with Humberto Fossi, as well as tour guides and educational promoter.
Saúl Alan Adame Arellano
Agroecology graduate, originally from Coahuila, participated in Cuba with comprehensive insect management and reproduction of beneficial insects for 6 months, currently working in the Educational Area, besides being a tour guide, is an educational promoter, and participates in the taking of composting records and crop rotation. As a tour guide, it interacts with all areas of the garden and supports the documentation of new projects as well as monitoring the static composting model "David Jhonson-Su". It is an element that also supports the development of Workshops with themes of their area and other topics that were developed in the space of the organic path, for its work as a guide of routes it interacts a lot with young people who wear this project and in that way manages to motivate the care of the environment and food production from their communities.