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The Best Green 2011

Compiled by Jesús Ibarra

The best news in 2011 was the 20th anniversary of El Charco del Ingenio, Gracias y Felicidades a todos en El Charco.


El Charco del Ingenio celebrated its 20th anniversary. Accompanied by an impressive conservatory with an extensive collection of native flora—some on endangered species lists, El Charco’s mission is to cultivate and protect native flora while inspiring and educating the public.


The Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuaria (CEDESA) in Dolores Hidalgo is a unique phenomenon in Mexican rural life. It envisions a campesino university and a residential community in the future dedicated to implementing new ecological practices and technologies.


Vía Orgánica had the pleasure of hosting Robert Stewart RSHom (NA) CCH, who has been practicing homeopathy for over 25 years and is the director of the Institute for Advanced Homeopathic Studies in Santa Monica, California and the former president of the New York State Homeopathic Association.


April 22 is Earth Day, an effort to remind us all of the importance of taking care of the environment. In San Miguel, individuals, organizations, and vendors in the weekly organic and artisanal farmers market (TOSMA) organized special activities for Saturday, April 23 at the market on the Rosewood Resort grounds.

Instituto Tierra y Cal (ITyC) is a non-profit near Atotonilco, providing training and technical assistance to increase the use of compressed earth blocks, natural plaster and other building techniques and technologies that are highly sustainable for green alternatives in building.


Cameron Carroll, formerly brewmaster for Cervecería San Miguel and La Iguana Azul, has been able to develop high quality natural beer through research, practice, and the help of other dedicated brewmasters. He recently joined Vía Orgánica, to brew a line of local microbeers with 100% certified organic ingredients.


In celebration of World Environment Day, June 5, San Miguel’s Ecology Department hosted the the second Environmental Expo-Fair.


Vía Orgánica celebrated its second anniversary with a fundraising party for its educational programs.


One of the largest alternative fairs in Mexico, the Feria Nacional de Productores y Consumidores “Lucha Rivera,” came to Dolores Hidalgo from August 5 to7 with over 500 vendors of organic food and home products, handmade clothing, handcrafts and accessories.

On August 27,  cellist Jimena Gimenez Cacho gave  a fundraiser concert for El Charco del Ingenio.


Fall begins on Friday September 23. Pepole met at  the new solar observatory in the interactive garden at El Charco del Ingenio Botanic Garden to participate in measuring the height of the Equinox sun.

Places that are protected, conserved, have harmony and peace, such as the Botanical Garden and Reserve of El Charco del Ingenio inspire artists to use them as a perfect canvas.

For the second year, El Charco invited artists and all creative people to walk, sit, smell, get to know the canyon, reservoir, paths of El Charco to be inspired and to join the Land Art project.

Concert for Plants is an installation in which a plant is connected by small electrodes to a lute and the music is directed to a public composed of other plants, thanks to the technology and science of Ariel Guzik.


Octoberfest San Miguel, including healthy, delectable food provided by Vía Orgánica, handcrafted beer on tap brewed by Big Top Brewery, and handmade sausages from La Barcelonesa was held to benefit Vía Orgánica’s Educational Outreach programs, which provide vital natural health information to our local communities and neighborhoods. Vía Orgánica, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009, is an innovative leader in the rapidly growing organic food and farming movement in Mexico. It promotes healthy food, fair trade and sustainable farming and living through their full-line organic store, restaurant, farm school and educational programs.


FAI celebrated its 20 anniversary with a raffle and an event for PEASMA. FAI Guanajuato helped over 12,000 children in the state in 2010. It started working with hundreds of children to better their lives in 1992, and today reaches an average of over a 1,000 children a month. FAI achieves its mission by using participatory methods for the daily exercise of children’s rights and environmental rights, with an emphasis on water conservation.

The Botanical Garden El Charco’s second Land Art exhibit opened Saturday, November 19, and runs until the end of the year. This exciting and unique exhibit used El Charco del Ingenio as the setting for artistic creations in harmony with the surroundings of the preserve, using natural materials from the site and the region that fit both visually and ecologically with the environment.


The TOSMA Farmers Market, though still young in experience, is about to embark on its first public service project as a “Civil Association” in an effort to responsibly and graciously give back to the community which has helped to support the local growers and producers of the organization during the last 16 months.


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