Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Visit To El Pipila Peñón de los Baños

Valentin, John, Cynthia & Prof Kulik
This past week I visited a farm cooperative on an ejido north of Los Rodriguez. Residents of this small dairy farming community want their children to stay home, not migrate to the U.S. What do the children need? Work. So, they have banded together and formed a SPR (Sociedad de Produccion Rural). They borrowed money from the revolving loan fund of a local non-profit organization, Center For Global Justice, and from the Weissman Foundation, and have built a greenhouse in which to grow organic tomatoes. With help and guidance from another agricultural cooperative, they constructed eight more greenhouses and are beginning to grow tomatoes and other crops. We toured the greenhouses to see their success and listened as they shared their hopes for the future. Then, they invited us to share comida (lunch).


Fiorella Vengoechea said...

That is awesome! I wish I went to Mexico last week. It is great that they are taking it upon themselves to start their own business and work in their country instead of giving in to the "slave life" of being a farmer in the US.

Marilyn Kulik said...

Thank you for your comment. These agricultural cooperatives are very important for the small farmers in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico and throughout the world.