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Unlike most sugar sources used to make spirits, agave has to be harvested before it can reproduce, putting at risk the sustainability of long-growth varietals like arroqueño….
It seems like everything in Mexico is less expensive than it is in the USA. But not books. A book that costs $25 here would cost roughly $40 in Mexico, which can be two weeks’…
SACRED hosts tasting events for our supporters. Make a donation to help us replant agave, build a library, provide earthquake relief, or to underwrite one of our other quality-of-life projects, and join us for an educational tasting of amazing heirloom agave spirits.
In a January 2016 interview on NPR, the reporter was speculating on the El Niño storms heading to California, and whether or not the rains could solve California's five-year drought. Her guest — Alice Walton of the Los Angeles Times— said it would not. Walton said the rain couldn't be captured. But that's exactly what Eduardo Angeles of Mezcal Lalocura has done.
Eduardo led a team of the community's women, who built stone walls up and down the mountains surrounding the town. These walls — barely eight inches high — hold the water in place long enough to enrich the soil, and they keep that soil in place. The result is that there are now trees and grass growing on these once-barren mountains — which helps prevent mudslides.
And when the rain water filters through these stone walls, it is directed into natural basins that have been capped by the dams built by the men in the town. There are now more than 40 of these reservoirs, refilling the aquafiers that feed the town's wells.
Santa Catarina Minas is one of the few communities in rural Mexico that is not suffering from water insecurity. As we continue to grow our resources, we hope to help other communities develop the same kinds of reservoirs that Eduardo and Santa Catarina Minas have developed.