On the side of a mountain overlooking the incredible city of Oaxaca, Mexico is the most impressive permaculture demonstration center that we’ve visited. The love and precision that has gone into creating this center is remarkable. The only waste produced at the site is grey water which is filtered through Papyrus plants. There are massive worm bins producing “black gold” soil for the agriculture. An 18ft well was dug by hand for the sole purpose of observing the ground water. All structures on the land were built with local materials like adobe and bamboo. By far the most impactful part of this center is it’s service to incubating 40 other local sustainability projects in the area. From the pedal powered water pump to the immaculate natural buildings, the rain water showers and dry composting toilets, this center is an incredible display of regeneration.
We called El Pedegral home for about a week. The main house (terrace) was our space for our village meetings, kitchen, dining room and daily yoga practices. We were there to be in service to the land and learn just as much as we gave. During our week stay, we helped to finish the adobe walls of the community kitchen, harvested honey from the bees, built a swale for urine from the toilets to be absorbed by comfrey that is used for a fertilizer for the gardens and built mycorrhizal bins which are fungal associations between plant roots and beneficial fungi!
El Pedregal is an awe inspiring great place to visit, tour or inquire about doing a work exchange!
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