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El Expejo - Permacultura
El Expejo - Permacultura
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Community El aguaje de Espejo, Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato, MX
Climate zone:
Dry Tropical

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El Expejo - Permacultura

Project Type

Rural, School Projects, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Altitude: 1980 MASL. Distance from sea: 527 km from the Pacific Ocean & 370 km from the Gulf of Mexico. Coordinates: +20° 26' 7.35", -100° 31' 46.60" Köppen climate classification: BSh (Drylands Hot semi-arid). Slope: approximately 7.04% from SE a NW. Annual temperature: 18.9ºC (min: 7ºC on Dec-Jan, max: 35ºC on May). The prevailing winds blow from NE to SE. Annual precipitation: 300-600 mm. Surface: 5-34-85.35 ha - 53,485.35m2. Catchment Potential: approximately 21,394,140 lt. Soil type: Pelic Vertisol, with a calcium sulfate horizon. Geology: extrusive igneous rock (basalt and obsidian). Solar radiation: 4-5 hrs per day (aprox 5 kWh/m2 a day). Historic data: Ancient settlement of Chupícuaro and Otomi Cultures. Archaeological Ruins Tzché (San Vicente Ruins).

Project Description

In December 2011, I acquired this piece of land in Drylands Hot-arid in el Bajio Mexico. Since then I spend every winter tuning the plot. 

We ordered a dam that was made on oct 2012, and finish planning and implementing the water harvesting system with the help of some volunteers on feb 2014. At the moment the plot is running crazy on local diversity. Of course we took advantage of it, and on oct 2013, we bought 5 sheep, 2 horses and one cow. They are all eating from 2013's infiltration even in dry season we are green! Now we have 9 sheep, 2 horses and two cows all very healthy and happy guys.

Hope this is a good example for locals so they start infiltrating water into their land, since deforestation, monoculture, erosion, and therefore poverty and lack of education on the matter are the main problems in the area.

My parents are living there now, they have been employing a local person permanently and 2 or 3 seasonally. We are aiming to live sustainably and to become a demonstration site for Permaculture practices. We are already teaching locals, and we plan on starting teaching some courses open to the public on 2014. Volunteering is open on Dec-Jan every year.  

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So far in el Expejo:

- Farming junio & pinto beans ------------------------------ (jul 2011)

- Planting frutal and wood trees --------------------------- (aug 2011)

- Building terraces, vermicomposter & mulching trees (dec 2011)

- Planting nopales and tuna -------------------------------- (dec 2011)


- Farming Chick peas and broad beans ------------------- (jan 2012)

- Farming 2nd generation junio beans ------------------- (mar 2012)

- Building elevated road ------------------------------------ (oct 2012)

- Building a dam ---------------------------------------------- (oct 2012)

- Agroforestry/Chick peas along with frutal trees ----- (nov 2012)


- PDC Certifiication ------------------------------------------ (ago 2013)

- Earthworks course ---------------------------------------- (ago 2013)

- Integration of Animal Systems [savannah] ------------- (ago 2013)


- Compost toilet, grey water systems --------------------- (feb 2014)

- Systems of trees (net) ------------------------------------- (feb 2014)

- Water Harvesting System design ------------------------ (feb 2013)

- Water harvesting systems implementation ------------ (feb 2014)

- 400 trees planted (productive and support species)-- (mar 2014)

- Reading the Landscape Course ---------------------------- (july 2014)


on the way:

- Building stone walls as a boundary ------- (started on july 2011)

- Mix techniques housing --------------------- (started on dec 2012)

- Reforestation of natural system (ZONE V)------- (started on ago 2013)

- Food Forest (ZONE III)------------------------------ (started on feb 2014)

- Zone 1 design --------------------------------- (started on july 2014)


Project document update

Project document update

Posted over 9 years ago (0 comments)

Water and Earth Harvesting Systems | Feb'14

Hey permapeople! we have been happily busy. We got there and we had to change the design completely (the map is not the territory).

Posted almost 10 years ago (0 comments)

Rainwater harvesting, Earthbag construction, Zone 1 designing

Volunteer in El Expejo in February 2014

Posted about 10 years ago (1 comments)

Update on Design

We are working on the design. Comments are very welcomed.

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

DAM made in October 2012

VIDEOS || Reservoir and state of the site on Dec2012 and Jan2013

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Postponed earthworks


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Hands on the dirt | December 2011

We were at El Espejo in December. We had 52 days to work in the land. There is still lots of work to be done but we are on it.

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