Ranchito con Esperanza has the great privilege of farming twenty acres on the outskirts of Camichines. The farm gives the children a place to work off energy in a productive, life-sustaining way, while teaching them life skills. Ultimately, we want to grow the farm so these children have a place to work and call home as they become men and women.
We currently grow 15-20% of the food we consume in the form of:
- White field corn (tortillas, cow feed, cobs for burning)
- Purple 8-row corn (Corn on the cob and Pozole, a soup that is very popular in that area)
- Nopales cactus (grilled, boiled)
- Garbanzo beans
- Cattle (beef)
- Sheep (lamb)
- Bees (honey)
In the very near future we hope to dig a deep well that could irrigate the land. This would allow us to expand the farm and grow 60-70% of our own food in the form of:
- Expand cattle herd and improve quality by grass-feeding
- Grow pinto beans
- Grow fruit trees - mangos, mandarin oranges, limes, tamarinds, hibiscus bushes, oranges, avocado, etc
- Grow vegetable plants - all varieties
- Build greenhouse for year-round lettuce, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
- Dig fish pond for fish in season and irrigation refill in the off-season
- Build a chicken coop (chicken and eggs)
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