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Week 2 – Conscious Garden Design

Our second week at the ChangeMaker’s huerto/garden in San Juan Cosala brought some new community members who wanted to participate:  Jaime Compatzin and his son.
Jaime and his family own a floral shop in San Juan Cosala, so plants naturally were or interest to him.  He also wanted to expose his son to a huerto and the art of growing plants.

Today our lessons were Conscious Garden Design, Seed Germination and Soil. We discussed which plants the group wanted to plant, if they were in need of full sun, partial shade/sun or full shade.  We also discussed if the group wanted a large community garden plot or individual plots.  They unanimously chose a large community garden design.

So many questions to be answered! How deep?  How long? How many seeds?  How much distance between plants? How do seeds germinate?  Under what conditions? How often to water?  How do you know if a plant needs water or is getting too much?  Do we water now or wait for the rain?  

We discussed it all as we worked!

See the complete Week 2 blog HERE

Watch for the video by Francisco coming to our facebook page soon!  We could really use “seed money” right now to purchase tools, hoses, gloves, and other gardening essentials! We are currently working with one shovel!


Creating Change in San Juan Cosala

Francisco Nava and ChangeMakers have teamed up on a second garden project in San Juan Cosala.

“Monica Masini, Program Coordinator for ChangeMakers asked me if I’d be interested in teaching the young ladies of the program organic gardening. When I learned of ChangeMakers and their goals and mission, I immediately said “yes”.

And so we met on a beautiful parcel of land in San Juan Cosala, loaned to us by Irma Remeno Garcia’s family. Our first meeting was one of introduction and vision sharing.We spoke of past gardening experiences. We spoke of needed materials and what the young ladies would like to learn. We spoke of schedules, timelines and work/family responsibilities. Then we got to work clearing stones and boulders from the recently plowed plot of land where our sustainable garden work will happen.

We are only now just starting to plant the seeds of knowledge,hope and change. We are in need of donations: garden tools, gloves, wheel barrels…anything you can think of that one might need in a community garden.”

Watch Us Grow!

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Meeting Miss Jalisco

I’m Vanessa and I want to share my experience of meeting Mariana Macías (Miss Jalisco 2019). She had a very great impact on me when she shared how she pursued her dreams despite the fact that her parents opposed it. For me that is very significant because it made me realize that you can achieve your dreams at the cost of everything, and that it is my responsibility to achieve it. I liked how she always included her parents, even if they did not agree at first, and eventually made them feel proud of her. 

Thank you very much to ChangeMakers and Miss Jalisco for pushing me to achieve my dreams.

Soy Vanessa y quiero compartir mi experiencia al conocer a Mariana Macías (Miss Jalisco 2019) ya que tuvo un impacto muy bonito en mí respecto al apoyo familiar, me sorprendió mucho como ella persiguió sus sueños a pesar de que sus padres se opusieron. Eso para mí es muy significativo porque siempre tenemos obstáculos en la vida, me hizo darme cuenta de que puedes conseguir tus sueños a costa de todo y que es mi responsabilidad lograrlo. Me gustó como ella siempre incluyó a sus padres aunque al principio ellos no estuvieran de acuerdo y logró al final que se sintieran orgullosos de ella. 

Muchas gracias a ChangeMakers por permitirme conocer a Miss Jalisco y de esa misma manera le doy gracias a ella por darme esta reflexión e impulsarme a lograr mis sueños.✨

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Young Roots

“This class was very helpful because I learned how to manage my emotions and acquired techniques that in the future will be very beneficial.”

The ChangeMakers curriculum for the first semester deals with helping young women look at themselves, their families and friends, and their community.  Mónica called the class curriculum “Young Roots”.