Organic Farm & Micro-Industry
El Rancho (The Ranch)
Where: La Cuata, Nayarit, Mexico (Founded in 2008)
Offered to: Local farmers & struggling mothers.
Purpose: To provide a model of organic agriculture to our farming community, while teaching people about sustainable food processing methods.
Impact (Since 2008): Training & employment for 80+ ppl
El Rancho is a 17 acre farm where we provide opportunities of participating in responsible environmental leadership, growing organic food, & fostering a sense of community, while working together & enjoying nature. We grow abundant healthy, organic fresh produce to supply Mar de Jade Retreat Center and all community educational projects.
Some of the products: Mango, papaya, pineapple, cucumber, banana, jamaica, tamarind, passion fruit, carrots, citrus fruits, lettuce, arugula, kale, herbs, corn, beans, peanuts, eggs...
Our mission is two-fold:
- To provide an experience that educates our local farming community, which is dependent on mono-culture crops, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, on how to return to self- sufficiency and abundance by cultivating a wide diversity of nourishing foods with non toxic farming methods.
- To create employment and skill training for struggling women through an environmentally and economically sustainable process: transforming our locally grown food into market-ready products such as marmalade, peanut butter, dehydrated goods and in the future beauty products.