Hi Garden Club members. Happy new year and I hope you can make it to the first garden club meeting for 2013, which will take place, Wednesday, January. 2nd, 11am to 1pm

We will be visiting two 2 gardens sites in Teotitlan de Valle. The two locations also have dogs — and it would be best for those who might like to bring their dog companions to these visits –plan to have them stay in a vehicle during our visits to the gardens.

Our first visit will be to the organic garden of Minerva Gonzalez and her husband Ismauel Martinez. Minerva and Ismauel grow organically and she sells the produce at the mercado in Teotitlan. They grow a large variety of produce and we will learn how they tend their plants, fertilize the land with different strategies including using compost, some of which is provided by their worms. She also raises chickens which produce eggs that she also sells at the mercado.

We will meet at their garden at Matamoros #11. The street side of the building is a family grocery store and you can enter into the garden area further back from the street through the store.

When you open the link to see the map of Teotitlan there is a marker at Ave. Juarez, which is one of the main intersections for the center of town–2 blocks (towards the hills) heading north of this marker turn left (east) onto Matamoros and Matamoros #11 is located on the left (south) side & in the middle of the street.

The second garden is located at the home of Ani Burns, a long time resident of Teotitlan. Her small (truck) garden is located next to her small casista. Ani lives very simply yet her home is very warm and inviting –and some of the features of the home include an outside solar heated shower which also has a backup of an on-demand heating system, and a composting toilet. Her home site has a wonderful view of the pueblo and she will explain how she deals with insects and issues related to living on the edge of the campo.

The directions of where she lives will be given out during the visit to the 1st garden. It is strongly advised that people car pool to her location, take a moto taxi, or walk the 4 or 5 blocks. She lives on the east side of town at the base of the mountain. Parking is limited on her property and also on the street. Preference parking on her property will be given to those of us who might have limited walking ability. If parking on the street in front of her home, there is a slight grade to walk up the driveway to her home. Comfortable walking shoes are advised.
You are welcome to contact me with any questions–aomestl@gmail.com or 951.148.3215.

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Aome St. Laurence

Pres. of the Garden Club of Oaxaca

Certified Permaculture Consultant, Designer, Educator–currently living in Oaxaca, Mexico

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