Tuesday, March 30, 2021

+ Gardening Classes Continue at Huerto Coxalan - On Line +

 When ChangeMakers cancelled it's projects in San Juan Cosala, due to the pandemic and its limitations,  the Coordinator Monica Masini Aguilera asked me if I might be interested in continuing our Huerto Coxalan efforts on-line.  I had previously been asked to teach my gardening courses via Zoom...so here was the perfect opportunity to stretch my wings and give it a go.

We are currently in our 4th week of an 8 week "Introduction To Gardening At Lakeside" course.

The girls are meeting regularly on-line, attending lectures and applying what they learn
in their own home gardens.

We decided to meet in person, following proper Covid protocols, in an outdoor location to have
our first Seed Exchange.  We drove to San Pedro Tesistan, on the south side of the lake so that
2 of our students who live in the area could also attend.

Alondra y Yasmin

Alondra lives in the town of San Pedro Tesistan.  Her mother, father and brother Jonathan
also attended out outdoor gathering and have offered to provide a plot of land
for a Huerto in San Pedro Tesistan.

Watch how our gardens grow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

++++++ Lona Hanging at Huerto Coxalan, San Juan Cosala +++++++

Colgando nuestra lona para el Huerto Coxalan, San Juan Cosala

The day finally arrived.  We had designed and printed our Huerto lona.

El dia finalmente llego.  Habíamos diseñado y imprimido nuestra lona.

Monica y Irma

Now it was time to hang our sign for the whole community to see.

Y ahora era tiempo de colgar nuestra lona para que la comunidad la viera.


Our Program Coordinator for ChangeMakers, Monica Masini Aguilera, was filled with joy.

Nuestra Coordinadora de Programas para ChangeMakers, Monica Masini Aguilera, se lleno de alegria.

A selfie was in order.

Tuvimos que tomar un selfie.

Irma y Francisco

Today was a day for celebration.  Not only had we hung our Huerto Coxalan sign,
but we also celebrated Irma's birthday with a luscious cake.

Este dia fue uno de celebracion.  Tambien celebramos el cumpleaños de Irma con un hermoso y delicioso pastel.

Garbanzo y Green Beans

Although we have been battling days with no water from city pipes,
our Huerto has continued to generously grace us with harvest.

Y aunque hemos estado batallando días sin agua de las pipas del pueblo,
nuestro Huerto sigue generando y dándonos cosecha.

Huerto Kids

Bell Peppers 
Chile Moron


Aloe y Camotes

Squash and Bell Peppers
Calabaza y Chile Moron

Everyone joined in the fun.
Todo mundo se divirtio

And finally, with night falling, the Cosecha Kids took home their prizes.
Y finalmente, llegando el anochecer, los niños se llevaron sus premios a casa.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Shade Garden, Huerto Coxalan-Jardín de Sombra, Huerto Coxalan

Happy Autumn Equinox

Feliz Equinoccio de Otoño


Our mascote Soruya

Nuestra mascota Soruya

Inspired by a recent visit to a friend's magnificent shade garden, we started work on our plot of land, adjacent to our large shade tree.

Inspirado por una visita reciente a un jardín magnifico de sombra de una amiga, nos pusimos a trabajar en nuestra area del jardín, cerca de nuestro árbol de sombra.

We planted a variety of vegetables, all suited to the coming shadier weather.

Plantamos una variedad de vegetales, todas adecuadas para nuestro próximo clima de otoño.

Work also proceeded on our dry compost toilet.

También trabajamos en nuestro baño de abono seco.

Our plants are growing well...

Nuestra plantas siguen creciendo bien...

Tomatoes - Tomates

Snow peas - Guisante de Nieve

Pak Choy - Pak Choi

Eggplant - Berenjena

Corn - Maiz

Corn, Squash and Watermelon

Maiz, Calabaza y Sandia

Brad's multicolored corn seedlings

Plantulas de maiz colorado de Brad

Watermelon - Sandia

Broccoli - Brócoli

Our broccoli is going to seed and we will soon harvest for next season.

Nuestro brócoli ya tiene semillas y las vamos a cosechar para la próxima temporada.

We also learned how to make small germination pots or macetas from recycled newspaper.

También aprendimos como hacer macetas o pots para germinar, hechas de periodico reciclado.

Then it was time to harvest...our first harvest yielded enough
kale for everyone to take home a bunch.  

Se acerco el tiempo de cosecha...nuestra primera cosecha fue de 
kale, suficiente para que todos pudieran llevar a casa.

We also sampled our snow peas...which were delicious!

También pudimos probar los guisantes de nieve....estuvieron deliciosos!

More harvest to come.

Aun hay mas (cosecha).

Monday, September 14, 2020

Tekio at Huerto Coxalan - Tekio en Huerto Coxalan

Today was our Tekio day at Huerto Coxalan in San Juan Cosala.

Hoy es dia de Tekio en Huerto Coxalan en San Juan Cosala.

In preparation, the rest of our fields were cleared and cleaned.

En preparación el resto del huerto fue limpiado.

Tekio:  Construir respetando tu corazón y el de los demás.
            Building respecting your heart and that of others.

Prestar el "servicio" significa prestar el tekio, tiene alto significado moral en la comunidad indígena, prestar el servicio es honroso para sus miembros a la vez que es entendido como una obligación moral por estos a la que no se pueden negar, es una de las ocasiones de reunirse y trabajar en labor común e identificarse como comunidad.

Providing the service means providing the tekio, it has a high moral significance in the indigenous community.  Providing the service is honorable for its members at the same time that it is understood as a moral obligation by them that cannot be denied, it is one of the occasions to meet and work together and identify as a community respecting your heart.


Today our maestro was Axel Becerra, who lectured on soil composition, moisture adherence and materials for building.

Hoy nuestro maestro fue Axel Becerra, quien nos enseño de composición de tierra, humedad y materials naturales para la construcción.

The community tried their hand at creating building binding materials.

La comunidad intento combinando materiales para la construcción.

Sand, soil, grass, manure were on hand for the class.

Arena, tierra, pasto y estiércol estaban presentes.

Dario got it right....right from the start.

Dario le atino desde el principio.


Having learned what makes a good building combo...we set out to find the best soil for the job.  Several holes were dug in different parts of the field.

Ahorra sabiendo lo que combina para hacer buen material para la construcción, empezamos a encontrar la mejor tierra para nuestro proyecto.  Varios agujeros furero hechos en nuestro huerto.

The different samples were molded into balls and analysed.

Varias muestras fueron coleccionadas y analizadas.

We found the best sample and then set to work collecting enough for our adobe.

Encontramos la mejor muestra y empezamos a recoger esa tierra para nuestra mezcla.

All throughout the afternoon, laughter could be heard.

Toda la tarde se escucho risa y alegria.


Having identified the best soil, Axel got to work.  The materials were combined...

Sabiendo donde encontrar la mejor tierra, Maestro Axel se puso a trabajar.  Los materiales se combinaron...

Massaged by foot...

Masajeado a pie...

Grass added...

Sacate agregado...

Until we had the perfect mix.

Hasta tener la mezcla perfecta.


Most of our activities today were centered around digging holes.

Casi todas nuestra actividades del día fueron escarbar agüeros.

And more holes...

y mas agueros...

And more holes...

Y mas agueros....

And still more holes...

Y aun mas agueros...

Howard "El Jaguar" dug the most holes...here's to El Jaguar!

Howard "El Jaguar" escarbo mas que todos...orale "El Jaguar"!


The primary reason for all this hard work was to prepare an area for our soon to be dry compost toilet.

La razón principal por todo este trabajo fue para preparar una area para un 
aseo de conversión de abono en seco.

Axel and Monica carefully measure the area (note: El Jaguar diggin' on the left).

Axel y Monica miden la area (Notar: El Jaguar escarbando al lado izquierdo).

While we toiled the concept of a dry compost toilet was discussed.

Mientras que trabajamos el concepto de un aseo de conversión de abono en seco

Large stones were moved.

Piedras grandes se movieron.

And the area was ready for the first wall to be placed.

Finalmente la area estaba lista para construir la primera pared.


The area being properly prepped, we set to work placing the largest stones for the foundation of the wall that would eventually become the west wall of the toilet.

La area preparada, nos pusimos a mover las piedras mas grandes para los cimientos de la 
primera pared.

Everyone got their hands dirty, happy in the process of creating something new using found,
natural materials.

Todo mundo se puso a trabajar, felices de ser parte del proceso de construir con materiales locales y naturales.

The awe in the kid's voices and faces was priceless!

El sobrecogimiento en las voces y caras del los jóvenes fue inestimable.

First wall set.

La primera pared lista.

Palomo had donated 2 palm trunks that were to be used in the construction.

Palomo nos dono 2 troncos de palma para la construccion.


Irma's delicious Basa Ceviche
El ceviche de basa de Irma.

After all the hard work, it was time for comida.  A potluck is a great way of feeding a community and bringing it together.

Después de todo el labor era hora de comida de reunion.  Todo mundo trajo comida deliciosa....no hay nada mejor que comer en nuestro huerto en campo en familia.

Food for all is our motto.

"Comida para todos!" es nuestro dicho.

Our hostess and Inspiradora is Irma...who always has a smile for us.

Nuestra anfitriona e inspiradora es Irma, quien siempre tiene una sonrisa para nosotros.

Ciruelas from our local tree....yum!

Plums de nuestro arbole....que ricos!

Don Tyson found his way to the Huerto and took over our after comida, corn bake.  This was the perfect dessert and way to end the day.

Don Tyson encontró nuestro huerto ese dia y nos ayudo con el cocido del maíz, Gracias a mi
tocayo, Fco., esposo de Irma.


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