Discovery Organics | Northern Mexico October 2014
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Northern Mexico October 2014

BIENVENIDO A SONORA!

Sonora, Mexico’s second largest state after Chihuahua, is located in the North Pacific region of the country.  The Sea of Cortés, or the Gulf de California, is located to the east. The US state of Arizona lies to the north. Sonora has seventy-two municipalities. The capital is Hermosillo, a few hours’ drive south of Tucson, AZ. It is an industrialized and Americanized part of Mexico, Tucson, AZ is only a few hours’ drive.

Agriculture plays an important role in the economy of the state. In the north and northeast, where the climate is dry, irrigation systems are used and farmers produce alfalfa, vegetables, fodder, grapes, dates, and olives. The main crops in the central region include wheat, barley, alfalfa, and safflower. The main crops in the east include corn, beans, apples, and peaches.

The surroundings of Hermosillo is also renowned for its pecan nuts. First time Stefan and I saw a pecan orchards, which was pretty exciting!

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RICO FARM

Discovery has maintained a solid relationship with Francisco Tapia since 2007.

After meeting at the PMA in Anaheim, Francisco Tapia Jr. picked us up at our hotel and gave us a tour of his farm, explaining that they became growing organically almost by accident. After a few bad experiences with their grape crops, they decided to start growing summer and winter squash, cucumbers, melons, eggplant and green beans. They manage close to 1600 hectares (4000 acres) of land but much less so that surrounding wildlife is preserved and create a buffer zone from the pests and diseases that might spread from other farms in the area. It also represent a large watershed for the 2 wells to replenish for irrigation. They also have their own composting operation and a new packing line that we visited too. Francisco partners with a bee keeper and hives are everywhere to seen on the farm.

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