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Lupe in the gardenGood News from Oaxaca
by Lupe Chavez

Lupe Chavez and her husband, Fredy Armengol Mendez, were interns at the Ecology Action Mini- Farm in 2011. They are setting up a sustainable living demonstration center in Oaxaca State.

I am writing because there is something happening here in Oaxaca State which is very important and exciting to us. I think the last time I was as happy as right now was when I knew that I was going to be an EA intern!

There is an organization working here in Oaxaca, called Bridge to Community Health. This organization promotes growing amaranth in very poor communities in order to improve their nutrition and provide income. The director is an American. Their project gives support to the communities, training them how to grow, process and cook amaranth. Also, they recently started to promote home gardens in these communities, and since we came back from Willits, we have been providing free workshops and have talked a lot to the director about Biointensive.

Recently, the organization asked for funds from the Canadian embassy in Mexico to support a project to start Biointensive home gardens in the communities they are already working with. The director and we wrote the proposal (Agustín from Aguascalientes helped us a lot!), and the embassy said YES! So Fredy and I are going to manage the whole project. Yesterday we all talked to the Canadian ambassador, and she is very interested in our project. One year after returning, we feel completely ready to start our mission.


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