Fruits of Alternare's Training

Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

A few examples of the new versus the old ways of doing things

efficient Lorena stoves with three cooking surfaces and a chimney vs. cooking indoors over an open fire on the ground,
greatly reduces smoke and soot in kitchen. Also less trees need to be cut to supply fuel for stove. 

vegetable gardens vs. walking to town and spending very limited cash to buy vegetables of questionable quality


growing garlic, beets, cilantro, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, onions and chilies among other veggies and spices

terracing vs. soil erosion


nurseries for pine trees vs. buying government seedlings of inferior quality


peach trees improve diet, stabilize soil and provide income


simple animal husbandry techniques such as confining chickens reduces mortality and ensures finding their eggs


Alternare's Training Center

Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico

Gabriel Sánchez demonstrates the methods Alternare teachs at their training center

multiuse building will house library, office, computers with satellite connection, herbarium, etc.


machine for adobe brick construction vs. houses made entirely of uninsulated wood


wall in training center displaying ALTERNARE grant sources:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

SEDESOL - Fundación Interamericana - Fondo Mexicano (very picky) - SEMARNAT

 Indesol - The David and Lucile Packard Foundation - Banamex

bottom row shows press clipping and awards

other funding sources not shown:

October Hill Foundation - Leiter Family Foundation - Mexican businessmen - Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation

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06 Dec 2008 ©  Mike QuinnTexas Entomology / Texas Monarchs Watch