Peñón de los Baños

For the past four years, the Center for Global Justice has been working with Peñon de Baños, a community 30 minutes outside of San Miguel de Allende. This community is comprised of 70 families and is an ejidal community which means that members own communal land in and around the town for growing crops and grazing animals. 7 families of this community approached The Center for Global Justice when they were planning to start an organic tomato cooperative. “El Pipila de Peñon de los Baños” is one of the only groups of campesinos producing organic vegetables in the area around San Miguel. The Center agreed to loan them 9,000 Usd at a low interest rate through our Revolving Loan Fund Project set up to support cooperatives. This money was needed to build their first organic greenhouse. Since that time the cooperative has received support from the state government to build 8 more greenhouses. The Center continues our support of this cooperative through assistance in securing technical support and training, building north/south solidarity for their project by bringing groups to visit, and helping the cooperative to develop the business skills they need to succeed.


9:00- 12:00

  • Presentation of the work of the Center
    History of the ejidal system of Mexico
    Brief introduction to Globalization and NAFTA in Mexico with a focus on the affects on agriculture
  • Information about the Community
  • Q & A session 

12:00 Leave for Community

  • tour of agribusiness fields and countryside surrounding town


  • Tour of several greenhouses with cooperative members
  • Delicious lunch of traditional food prepared by community members
  • Dialogue between cooperative members and visitors about experiences and their lives


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