August 5, 2022 – This year marked the permanent closure of the nursery “Vivero Amigos del Maguey y Biodiversidad” in El Tule after the municipality decided to take the land back. And so in this hump year, the practice of gifting agave continued via sourcing them from a nursery built and managed by Aureliano Hernández of San Baltazar Guelevila. 11,000 Tobalá and Espadín were gifted to the following producers:
Simeon Ramírez, Abel Martínez, Berta Vasquez, Alejandrina & Nicolas Hernández and to another producer family in Puebla compliments of Jason Cox of Cinco Sentidos.
2021 – Reflecting on 4 years of the Vivero
2018 – Primer año del Vivero
EL VIVERO AMIGOS DEL MAGUEY Y LA BIODIVERSIDAD
Oct 29, 2020
In our ongoing vivero space & practice in municipal land in Santa Maria del Tule, we raise, care for and ultimately gift cycles of agave to families for transplant. We seek out especially endemic varietals, and raise all agave from seed, weeding them by hand and maintaining them with composts, river silt, and migro-organism teas. We also seek out smaller producers who may not have their own reserves of agave or who can especially benefit from support in starting a transplanting practice.
Agave transplant totals:
10,793 (3rd rainy transplant season, 2021) transplanting this year ended early due to the Municipality’s unexpected decision to close the nursery. Closed until further notice.
20,021 (2nd rainy transplant season, 2020)
16,000 (1st rainy transplant season, 2019)
We are also regenerating the site for the local municipality – slowly rebuilding the soil health and ecological biodiversity in the site through the use of natural ecological processes and traditional pre-hispanic technologies; controlled burning, milpa growing and utilizing purely organic inputs & micro organisms (zero pesticides/herbicides or industrial agents).
The evolution of our vivero is to further understand and mezcal, which in its craft form and scale is not a monoculture but instead a seasonal practice that fits into a large diversity of foods and drinks. To fully embrace this ethos and stand by these words, our vivero should also be a food and drink garden of bio-diversity.
We are working to bring the site back from the grips and death of monoculture (sounds dramatic, and it is).
A farming modernization program occupied the site for many years and left the soils and site desertified after repetitive intensive chemical and tilling practices.
Agave Transplant Mission
Foundation of the vivero’s efforts to conserve and reforest natural resources in the pueblos and families with whom we work are:
- To support independent, small-scale mezcaleros in planting and sustaining their own sources of agave. Even the most well-planning mezcalero families are typically forced to buy agave from sources, and this puts small scale producers at risk and vulnerable to monopolistic behaviors of others.
- To share the responsibility of sustaining populations of endemic agave and the production of agave, which our products take from.