by Esli Meijia, special student and teacher assistant
Sierra School students enjoyed a field trip to the Rancho Buen Dia on the 12th of January 2016. All the students went to learn about organic gardening on a commercial organic farm. We all prepared questions for the director of the Rancho, Caroline Benzel, who manages the farm with her husband, Carlos. There are nine people that work on the Rancho. Two people are the commercial partners in La Paz; they own and operate a restaurant and also own the farmland. Two others are residents on the farm and guard the property. Two paid workers help with the weekly harvesting; one additional person is a cashier. The student questions focused on why and how Caroline grows her plants and how the farm works. The Rancho Buen Dia is a CSA (community supported agriculture) and market garden. This means that the people in the Todos Santos and surrounding community pay for vegetables and receive them once every week in a recycled cotton bag. The farm also grows food for restaurants. The farm grows around thirty types of vegetables. These include: sweet peppers, collards, all kinds of lettuce, chard, spinach, onion, cilantro, carrot, beans, sweet potatoes, beets, radishes, etc. Caroline told us that her cash crop is baby lettuce. Caroline also informed the students of new and unique gardening methods they use at the Rancho. These include composting, worming, mulching, natural pest control, rotating crops, and recycling, using vegetables as compost. The rancho doesn't use any chemicals, so their produce is pure, nutritious and natural. All the students, including me, enjoyed the visit and learning about all the aspects of this commercial organic farm, just down the hill from our school.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.