Organic farming has come to San Miguel. I know of two organic farms - one where you can go and buy the produce. Another, Via Organica, which has a small storefront in Col. Guadalupe. I'm sure there are more farms. At the Col Guadalupe store not only can you buy fresh organic fruit and produce, but also freshly made pastas and specialty fruit drinks such as jamaica and chia seed. In addition to raising organic vegetables at the farm, there also are classes for campesinos to teach them how to grow organic and how to make organic fertilizers. All this is free. In a class held recently out at the property and gardens of Via Organica, 200 campesinos attended. Quite a historic event.
There are plans to grow heirloom seeds since so many seeds now are genetically modified. It is an ambitious plan. The man who is spearheading all of this moved to the area from New Hampshire where he was involved with the organic farming movement in the USA. He has put together a team including a nutritionist, certified and educated in the USA, but originally from Peru.
The photos are some of the things growing in the greenhouse and the fields. The first two photos are oyster mushrooms. I have never seen them grown this way. The growing material is sterilized saw dust and other compost materials. The third photo is one of my favorite vegetables, brussel sprouts.
This last photo is the row of brussel sprouts. I had no idea the plants grow this large. The times they are a'changing. It is quite an operation and it was very interesting to have had the opportunity to see all of it. For more information you can go to http://www.viaorganica.org/