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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Oaxaca FilmFest is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema, creating opportunities for filmmakers, providing audiences with outstanding entertainment, and enhancing the economic well-being of The State Of Oaxaca.

“The New Sundance”, is what many Film Festival organizers are saying about the event which is rapidly emerging as one of the most important developing film festivals in the world,

Established in 2010 the Festival has been a uniquely successful collaboration between the private and public sectors injecting nearly $6,000,000 USD in tourism revenue into the region in the first two seasons.

In just three seasons the festival received nearly 3000 submissions from 77 different countries. With an extremely high standard for surviving the selection process, Oaxaca FilmFest has discovered some of the most brilliant filmmakers emerging on the international cinema scene today!

Tequila (Sony Clasics)

A Lonely Place For Dying (1,000,000 Downloads on iTunes)

Ecstasy (Toronto Film Festival )

Una Noche (Winner in TriBeCa)

LA SOGA (Amazon Top 10 independent Films)

Crebinsky (Currently in European Theaters)

La Pantera Negra (Currently in Latin American Theaters)

What to expect in 2012?

– 10 days

– 25 venues

– 300 screenings

– 10 Day Rally

– 5 Day Academic Program-With a Focus on Self Distribution

– International “Pitching” Market

– “Infamous” Fiestas

-and much much more.

Every Film in the Festival is a Mexican Premiere. In most cases a Latin American Premiere and in many cases a WORLD PREMIERE! There is something for everyone from “edge of your seat” feature films that include Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, and Clive Owen to thought provoking documentaries.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FUNDING? As with any event of this size money is always an issue. However, with the constant need for the public sector to invest their money into other areas and the economic woes of the private sector cash is tighter than ever. We have prided ourself in our ability to build the festival on a lean staff, a constant focus on “intercambios” (in kind support), and to invest wisely. For example we do not pay for actors and actresses to attend the event-we think it is more important to spend those dollars on high quality projections and academic events. Yet, at the “end of the day”…WE STILL NEED CASH! We do have many corporate partners and we are very grateful and proud of these relations. Yet, we continue to maintain simple relationships avoiding ONE large Corporate Sponsor so we can maintain our Freedom and Independence to continue to create an incredible event.

WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO? Simple! To begin preparation for next year’s event. This month marks the celebration of our third and biggest event to date and after taking one day off to rest we will begin to focus on Oaxaca FilmFest 4!

WHY IS OAXACA FILMFEST IMPORTANT? Oaxaca is a State rich in cuisine, culture, and history. It contains beautiful beaches and breath taking mountains. Yet, it is one of the poorest regions in Mexico. The people of this Region depend on dollars generated from tourism. The Festival provides much needed economic stimulus via tourism revenue.

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“Nefarious: merchant of souls

Directed/Dirección: Benjamin Nolot
96 min EUA 2011
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/Largometraje Documental.

From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex trafficking. When you see a woman being dragged to the ‘breaking grounds’, you will feel her despair. You will follow beside her as she is beaten, stripped naked, then sold to the highest bidder. After she’s auctioned off, she’s taken to a location where she will be sold night after night.
Desde la primera escena, Nefarious te introduce a la pesadilla del tráfico sexual. Cuando veas a una mujer que es arrastrada, sentirás su desesperación. Seguirás a su lado mientras ella es golpeada, desnudada y luego vendida al mejor postor. Después de haber sido subastada, es llevada a un lugar donde se venderá noche tras noche.


“Change You


Cheryl Hassen

12 min


Cast/Reparto: Debi Sawchuk Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros,
Josh Davis, Jillian Sodero Genre/Género: Documentary Short/Cortometraje Documental
Change You follows Albertan Debi Sawchuk and fellow group members on a journey through the Mexican jungle in Palenque and to the ancient spiritual sites of Yaxchilan and Tonina. They are inspired by Mayan Master Teacher Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros, whose gentle persona and profound insights encourage them to experience, to open their hearts.
Change You sigue a Albertan Debi Sawchuk y los demás miembros del grupo en un recorrido por la selva mexicana en Palenque y de los antiguos yacimientos espirituales de Yaxchilan y Tonin.. Se inspiran en el Maestro de maestros maya Miguel Ángel Vergara Calleros, cuya dulce personalidad y conocimientos profundos los anima a experimentar, a abrir sus corazones.


“Los refrigeradores

Directed/Dirección: Thomas Lehner
95 min Austria/Cuba 2012
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/ Largometraje Documental.

Cuba on ice. Naturally it is served in cocktails at the beach bar. But for the island residents, keeping things in a cold, solid state is a matter of survival and constitute a daily struggle. Refrigerators are passed down from one generation to another, caringly maintained and restored.

Cuba on the rocks. Naturalmente es servido en cocteles en la playa o en el bar. Pero para los residentes de la isla, mantener cosas en estado frío y sólido es un asunto de sobrevivencia y constituye una lucha diaria. Refrigeradores son heredados de una generación a otra, mantenidos y restaurados con cuidado.

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