Sunday, September 22, 2019

+++++++++ 1st Annual Plant Sale - Vivero La Esperanza ++++++++

In a parking lot, in a land far, far away in a town named Riberas Del Pilar...The Vivero La Esperanza from San Juan Tecomatlan had its first vivero plant sale on Saturday Sept. 21st, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Laura's Garden Center....and it was a grand success!

With a little (a lot) help from my friends soon tents, tables, umbrellas, plants started to arrive.

Our information and sales tables were set.  Presente were the beautiful jewelry products from the Jewelry making women's group of San Pedro Itzican.  Also for sale were the wonderfully made hand knitted products from the Knitting group of women of San Pedro Itzican.

As expected customers arrived early...but we were ready to serve.

Our green friend Kalina gifted the sale with love nurtured, vibrant plants from her home garden.

All throughout the day sales were brisk at the sales table.  The repurposed fabric, reusable bags from the Sewing group of San Pedro Itzican were available.

Just before high noon, the Traditional Dance Troupe from San Pedro Itzican arrived.

The dancers carefully prepared for their presentation


Opening circle facing south

Beautiful strawberry plants went quickly 

After the opening ritual the Sword Dance was performed.

This dance represented the struggle of the indigenous people throughout the
Spanish invasion in Mexico.

Closing Circle

In Gratitude, we'd like to thank 
all of our constant volunteers, 
Anita Torres Guerrero and the Brigadistas of San Pedro Itzican,
Laura from the Garden Center in Riberas Del Pilar
all the friends who donated part of their souls through plants,
the Poco A Poco committee,
the children of Vivero La Esperanza for all their hard work,
the people of San Juan Tecomatlan de los Chiles Verdes for hosting our efforts in their town,
and all the delightful people who came out to see, experience, support our efforts.

Without you, we could not have made this lovely day possible.

Un mill√≥n de Gracias.

Monday, September 16, 2019

+++++++++++++++++++ Seasonal Transitioning +++++++++++++++ many times have we experienced this in our lifetimes?

One season comes and gifts us with her treasures as the next season, on the horizon,
looks on in anticipation, waiting to take her rightful place.

At Vivero La Esperanza it was time to remove our beloved Squash plants.
They had provided us with so many lovely orbs of food.  The Zucchini plants yielded a
surprise when removed....we found a lovely group of green chili plants
sprouting and growing happily underneath them.

 Our Amaranth garden continues to grow....almost ready for havesting.

And we didn't have the heart to remove the lovely, large Col/Cabbage plants due to their beauty.
Good thing we didn't...we found that a second harvest was growing, similar to the way
Brussel Sprouts sprout....and we're waiting to see if we can harvest these as well.

Mino led the charge with our Beet plant harvest.  I told the kids we could also eat the 
Beet Leaves...and they are waiting to sample the goods at home.

Time now to start a new garden bed with all the lovely plantulas/starters that we have
germinated from seed.  These are cold weather plants that will do well as our
days get shorter and cooler.

Meanwhile, out tomatoes happily were growing and turning a blushing red. 

 And while on a fabric shopping spree to the Santa Teresita neighborhood in Guadalajara we stumbled
upon the newest item on our Vivero wish list....a tinaco fit for a Rain Catchment King.

How far away is Dia De Los 3 Reyes?

In the following weeks at Vivero La Esperanza, Maestro Brad Mowers will be teaching natural found  material paper making and natural fiber dying to the community.

Stay tuned.

"The first day of Summer is also the last day of Spring."

- Kit Williams

And don't forget to join us for our Plant and Garden Sale
this coming Saturday.