AGROFRESCO is a farm operation of operation in Dolores Hidalgo, in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico and near San Miguel de Allende, north of Mexico City. Engineer Gustavo Gaya and his field engineers have been running 3 ranches of 60, 80 and 100 cultivated hectares for the past 7 years working closely with not only Discovery Organics, but organic giants like Earthbound and Taylor Farms as well. Associations with larger companies like this ensure that very stringent quality control standards are applied and only the most beautiful vegetables possible are produced.
Gustavo contracts his own crews from nearby indigenous communities and provides them with safe transport to and from the ranches, and pays workers more than minimum wage. Additionally the hope to complete their Fair Trade certification in the near future. There are currently 376 people working on the farm, two-third men and one-third women.
Flower beds between rows of cultivated crops, a push/pull strategy to control agricultural pests without having to resort to chemical inputs. Irrigation is done via drip-irrigation and water comes from one of their 3 wells. Large amounts of land are set aside to represent buffer zones to preserve the local ecosystem in and around each ranch.
Top photo: From left to right: Randy, Gustavo, Rafael – our Mexican coordinator, Victor and Miguel
Kale (Green, Lacinato), Brussel Sprouts, Lettuce (Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, Iceberg, Radicchio), Celery, Broccoli
Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Central Mexico
Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Featured, Kale, Lettuce, Mexico