Three faculty from the College of Agricultural Sciences (Addy Elliott, Soil and Crop Sciences, Suellen Melzer, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Zach Johnson, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) and five students (Augusta Ahlm, Tabitha Covey, Suzannah MacLeod, Jenna Oxenhandler and Marie Shelli) traveled to Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico to engage with local ranchers, farmers, farm cooperative members, faculty and students from the Universidad Autonoma Baja California Sur, and local community organizations. The primary focus of the trip was to critically think about sustainable agriculture models in the context of this region and culture. Our group hosted a workshop on Compost for over 50 community members, including 20 youth from local ranching families. The students facilitated a hands-on activity in a local primary school about minimizing soil erosion and environmental stewardship. The Sustainable Agriculture class (AGRI 510) is now developing a technical report that documents our understanding of the agricultural systems in place and will create recommendations for how the newly created CSU Center and adjoining 3 acres of farmland may best serve the community.
Suellen Melzer Drinnen wrote a blog post about a visit to a ranch while in Todos Santosa: http://todossantos.colostate.edu/2015/11/01/a-visit-to-san-jacinto-ranch/