Category Archives: Local Agriculture

Cafe culture

Whilst in San Cristobal de las Casas I visited the Museum of Coffee in an effort to find out more about the black elixir. Also, an excuse to feed my addiction with some top notch samples. In Mexico there are … Continue reading

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Notes on arable farming: from the slopes of the volcano to the banks of the river

On leaving Mexico City, and drawing closer to the awesome volcanoes, evidence of crop cultivation increased as urban sprawl decreased. Despite the very arid looking environment, on the banks of the volcano there was a lot of corn growing activity. … Continue reading

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Animal welfare in Mexico

Whilst in Mexico City we stumbled across a small yet vigourous protest moving through the Centro Historico. The cause for concern: animal welfare and vegetarianism. Now, with all due respect, Mexico is not known for its kind treatment of animals. … Continue reading

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Communal land in Mexico – the ejido system

Everywhere in rural northern Mexico there are signs pointing out local ‘ejidos’. The ejido system is a process whereby the government promotes the use of communal land shared by the people of the community. This style of land sharing was … Continue reading

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La tierra es roja

Amongst the prickly pear cacti and in the lap of the mountains along the road to Zacatecas a lot of farming was going on. A bit surprising in a state that has an arid climate, just 800mm of rain a … Continue reading

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Rancho Santa Rosa (back to the Baja)

At KM marker 154 (around 100 miles north of La Paz) we bedded down for the night behind a loncheria at the entrance to Santa Rosa Ranch. After getting somewhat acquainted with the goats, cows, turkeys and chickens we went … Continue reading

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Durango: a night out on the tiles and on location at the local cheese factory

Situated 2,000 metres above sea level Durango is an interesting colonial town built on riches from the mining (gold, silver and iron ore) and timber industries. On arrival, we found our way to the Cremeria Wallander in search of something … Continue reading

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‘Los Piscadores’

A ‘piscador’ is one who specialises in working on date palms – cleaning, pruning and harvesting dates. San Ignacio has hundreds of date palms, sprouting everywhere in the oasis town. In one of the stories at Casa Loree – in … Continue reading

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Desert rancheros

Stopping at a loncheria 25 miles from El Rosario we got talking to the proprietor who happened to be a ‘ranchero’. Amid the cacti he explained to us he keeps 70 cattle that roam free eating what vegetation takes their … Continue reading

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Growth spurt in Northern Baja

Agriculture in Northern Baja is a big employer. In just 200 miles we’ve passed olive groves, vineyards, tuna farms, tomato polytunnels, strawberry plantations and prickly-pear cactus fields. I never considered that wine was produced in Mexico, but apparently Mexico became … Continue reading

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