Unión de Cooperativas Tosepan

A mural in Cuetzalan, Puebla. Photo by Alex Jensen.
A McDonald’s occupies a colonial-era building in Durango, Mexico (left). Oxxo, the largest convenience store chain in Mexico, advertises sales on Coca Cola, Frito Lay Chips, Red Bull, and Nescafe (right). Photos by Alex69esparza and Juanscott, Wikimedia Commons.
The Sierra Norte mountains in Puebla, home of Tosepan. Photo by Alejandrolinaresgarcia, Wikimedia Commons
A Bodega Aurrerá (a subsidiary of Walmart) in Aguascalientes, Mexico — a landscape and lifestyle that Tosepan successfully rejected.
A mural in Cuetzalan, Puebla, depicting the life of abundance that Tosepan seeks to uphold. Photo by Alex Jensen.
Coffee cherries waiting to be harvested. At Tosepan, coffee plantations are ethnobotanical treasure troves. Photo by Brian Smith/American Bird Conservancy.
  • increasing production of organic corn
  • establishing vegetable gardens and chicken coops in the majority of member homes
  • designing a local credit scheme called “Backyard Garden Credit”
  • producing a documentary film, Corazones de Maíz (Hearts of Corn)
  • writing a recipe book for wild greens/amaranth greens
  • holding tastings to rescue and share traditional foods
  • organizing events to barter backyard garden produce as well as seeds of corn, beans, amaranth, chilis and squashes
  • maintaining a nursery with approximately 1 million plants — valuable forest species like coffee, macadamia, red cedar, cinnamon and many others — distributed each year to members for reforestation and agroforestry
  • growing edible mushrooms on coffee pulp
Clay pot hives provide a nurturing environment for native bees, which provide an abundance of useful products and pollinate local plants. Photo by Alex Jensen.
A sign hanging outside Tosepan’s rural community cafeteria, “A place with identity”, beautifully constructed of bamboo, stone, and plaster. Photo by Alex Jensen.

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