Report of the current state of agriculture in Todos Santos and El Pescadero region 2015

With the renewed interest of the US government to establish collaborative educational opportunities with its neighbor Mexico, the Colorado State University Todos Santos Center is becoming a leading example. Knowledge of the social and local environment realities play a meaningful role on acceptance, pathways and success of a foreign institution into a new community. Understanding this, the CSU Todos Santos Center, supported by the CSU Department of Agricultural Sciences, requested a study be conducted regarding the current state of agriculture in Todos Santos and El Pescadero region, in South Baja Peninsula state, Mexico. The aim of creating this report was to provide baseline agricultural informational for the area, as well as connect with local stakeholders to determine future areas of collaboration with the Center. Information gathered for this purpose came primarily by informal interviews with community members in the agriculture sector and collecting data available from governmental institutions. The report captures and synthesizes data available at the time of the study, along with other information of interest. It analyzes farming systems; agriculture challenges in the area and includes a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis. A list of community members, organizations, governmental, academic and research institutions related to agriculture in the region, along with the activities each of them addresses within the community is also included. Final recommendations are based on results of outreach with members of the agriculture sector of Todos Santos and Pescadero region, and consider a global perspective of trends and challenges facing agriculture worldwide.

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Review of the state of the biocultural heritage of Southcalifornian rancher community (La Paz, BCS)

Biocultural heritage is a complex system of interconnected tangible and intangible resources resulting from the relationship between Indigenous People and their natural environment during generations. This research aimed to study, document and assess the state of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the native populations of Baja California Sur, Mexico (Southcalifornian rancher community) in order to highlight valuable insights that could be revitalized to promote food security, resiliency to climate change and sustainable economies with cultural and environmental significance.

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  • Adriane Elliott, M.S. — Instructor & Assistant Dean of Advising and Student Success, Soil and Crop Sciences Department, Colorado State University
  • Teresa Egea Molines, Ph.D. — Gardens Director, Rancho Pescadero; Postdoctoral Fellow, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS)