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El Pípila de Peñon de los Baños

El Pípila de Peñon de los Baños

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Peñon de los Baños, San Miguel de Allende

El Pipila de Peñon de los Baños is a cooperative of 7 campesino families from an ejidal community 30 minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende that is producing organic vegetables, primarily tomatoes, in greenhouses. The Center for Global Justice enabled them to start the cooperative through their Revolving Loan Fund Project and continues to provide assistance by securing technical support and training, bring groups to visit, and helping the cooperative to develop the business skills they need to succeed.

El Proyecto de Lavanda

El Proyecto de Lavanda

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The Lavender Project
Rancho la Colorada
Lee Gentry, La Coordinadora del Proyecto
azul.lavanda@yahoo.com.mx , 418 112 6727, 415 114 7580, 859 230 1911(US)
Store: Monday-Friday 11am-3pm

The Lavender Project is a cooperative in a small rural town 35 miles north of San Miguel de Allende raising organic lavendar for soaps, oil, honey and other products. Proceeds from the Lavender Project fund a breakfast program for 60 children in the town of La Colorada A women's coop creates Sola Lavanda artisan soaps which are available in San Miguel de Allende at the El Charco store, La Victoriana, and craft markets.

Ex-Hacienda La Petaca

Ex-Hacienda La Petaca

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Carreterra a Dolores Hidalgo Km. 67
San Miguel de Allende
informes@haciendalapetaca.com, 415-113-6973

The Ex-Hacienda La Petaca project aspires to provide the local community, La Cuadrilla, with modern technologies while encouraging and maintaining local cultural knowledge, technologies, and arts. It includes cultivation of food, preservation of water, a search for alternative energy sources, and restoration of the river and the surrounding land. In addition to soil rehabilitation, vermicomposting, rain water harvesting and other environmentally friendly techniques, they are investigating the possibility of using a poultry methane digester at the adjacent Bachoco farm.

Huerto Sembrando Esperanza

Huerto Sembrando Esperanza

Los Carrizos

Los Carrizos

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Sosnabar, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
gaiasma4@yahoo.com.mx, 415 119 0121 (cell), 415 113 9549 (cel)

The Los Carrizos eco-village is a demonstration center of three eco-friendly houses of different designs and home to the Calderas family, founders of the organization GAIA. The homes of Los Carrizos use rainwater collection, solar and wind energy, solar water heaters and stoves, dry toilets and biological gray water filters. Guided tours available.

Santuario Cañada de la Virgen

Santuario Cañada de la Virgen

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Orizaba #2
Colonia San Antonio
415 154 8771

Santuario Cañada de la Virgen is a nature preserve and organic cattle ranch surrounding the Cañada de Virgen archeological site. Profits from ecotourism fund projects to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of the local communities. Activities include horseback riding, camping, hiking, astronomy and meditation.

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The Family Garden Program - Los Ricos de Abajo

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in Partnership with Feed The Hungry and Apoyo a Gente Emprendadora
Miguel Prado #15
Colonia Guadalupe
Ezequiel Mojica
apoyoemprendedores@yahoo.com.mx, 415 152 2867, 415 102 6014(cel)
mon-sat 8am-2pm

This project, funded by Feed The Hungry and managed by Apoyo a Gente Emprendadora, works in rural communities to start small gardens in order to add fresh vegetables to the diet for the whole family. Project management and support includes training in bio-intensive farming techniques, seeds, cooking classes and ongoing monitoring and coaching. The program has started over 90 gardens across 12 different communities and continues to expand.

The Rug Hook Project

The Rug Hook Project

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'Las Rancheritas'
Agustín González, San Miguel de Allende
Charlotte Bell
char@charlottebell.com, US 512 447 2150

A craft cooperative of rug hookers using recycled and new wool to create 'one-of-a-kind' wall hangings, pillows, bags and more.

The Santa Clara Center

The Santa Clara Center

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Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Collin Laden, Memorial Student Center President/CEO
crladen@gmail.com

This international academic and research facility is being constructed on 300 acres near Los Rodriguez and will house up to one hundred Texas A&M students. The farmland around the complex will be used for plant and animal research and teaching, and will include organic production of foods for consumption on site. The facility will reduce its energy consumption through on-site wind and solar power production.

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The Stove Project - GAIA, Audubon, Fundo Verde

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Audubon San Miguel and Fondo Verde is funding a project by GAIA to introduce efficient stoves to the rural San Miguel families.

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The Water Collaborative

The Water Collaborative is a group of NGO's and interested individuals, including Amigos de la Presa, Salvemos al Rio Laja, Socieded Audubon de Mexico. It is focused on three initiatives: 1) The Rio Laja Trail Building Project, 2) A Citizen’s Based Water Quality Testing and Monitoring Program on the Rio Laja and the Presa Allende, and 3) A Public Education Campaign on Water Conservation.

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The Water Project - Midday Rotary Club

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Real de Minas Hotel
Salida de Celaya y Avenida Stirling Dickinson
Weekly Meeting: Tuesday 12:30

The Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel is managing an ongoing project to build rainwater harvesting cisterns in communities in need of clean drinking water. They have deployed over 350 units to date. See the project blog for the latest updates. See also the Rotary Club website - http://rotarysma.clubwebsource.com/