Rancho Cacachilas offers theoretical and field instruction in natural history, ranching, ecotourism and other responsible land management topics.
Below is a partial list of courses, workshops and other education programs that have been offered on our ranches and in nearby communities in collaboration with a diverse group of organizations and individuals, including schools, associations, scientists, ranchers, rural cooperatives and government institutions.
The Abundant Desert Workshop Series
Rancho Cacachilas is offering a one of a kind experience to learn about how to live sustainably and regeneratively in the desert. Join us and attend one class, two classes, or even all six to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to live a healthy and low-impact lifestyle that benefits yourself and your community.
Location: Rancho Cacachilas in the Sierra de las Cacachilas
Class Length: 8 hours, from 8AM - 4PM
Includes: Participants are shuttled to and from the Rancho Cacachilas Mountain & Bike Hub. Refreshments and lunch (organic, seasonal produce grown on the farm and locally sourced meats) are provided.
Cost: $95 USD per workshop. Your tuition helps to sponsor equivalent classes in the spring and summer for local ranchers.
NOVEMBER 2018: Water Harvesting
Our first class will explore a vital element to life on this planet and one of the rarest elements in the desert: water. We will learn about capturing rainwater and storing it in a variety of methods, small and large scale, with demonstrations we utilize on the ranch. We will also explore systems that re-use grey water from the showers, sinks, and washing machines to grow plants that serve multiple purposes.
DECEMBER 2018: Organic Waste Management
Join us to get your hands dirty and learn about how to recycle your organic waste into fertilizer for your garden. In this class we will demonstrate various methods of composting: thermophilic compost piles, worm compost, compost extracts and teas, composting toilets, and even sheet mulching to build soil with minimal labor. We will discuss composting on a home scale and visit our farm to see how we create all our own fertilizer, improve the soil, and increase rainwater infiltration.
JANUARY 2019: Organic Gardening
Do you want a crash course in organic gardening? Maybe you’ve heard of permaculture or bio-intensive gardening and want to learn more. In this workshop you will learn all you need to know to start your own garden, including how to prepare your garden bed to cultivate strong and deep roots, how to prevent pests and improve the flavor of your veggies through companion planting, how to minimize your water use and loss to evaporation, and even how to create your own fertilizers, immunity boosters, and pesticide sprays for your garden.
FEBRUARY 2019: Artisanal Cheesemaking & Food Preservation
Learn how to make regional panela cheese using our cheesemaker’s family recipe. From milking the cow to taking home the final product, you will learn how much work and fun goes into making cheese. We will also present the various preservation methods we use on the ranch to enjoy fruits and vegetables all year round and you will have a chance to try out some other methods of food preservation.
MARCH 2019: Livestock Management
Rancho Cacachilas aims to mimic nature in terms of our integrated livestock management. As a Savory Hub, we use techniques developed by Alan Savory to move our cows across the land mimicking natural patterns. The cows fertilize the sandy desert soil, aid in rainwater infiltration and retention, and facilitate the growth of plants. When managed incorrectly, they can have the utter opposite effect. We will also share about how we integrate our chickens and goats with the landscape and use them as tools to create mutually beneficial systems.
APRIL 2019: Seed Saving
There is nothing more precious on this earth than a seed - the small beginnings of foods that will grow to nourish us. Access to organically grown, heirloom, untreated seeds are hard to find in Baja California Sur, and the best way to ensure you have a garden or farm next year, is to save your own seeds. We will teach you how to plant a garden with seed saving strategies to avoid cross pollination, how to select the best plants and save viable seed, and how to store them properly.
Learn about some of our partner organizations
Officially, the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30, however most of these storms hit between August and October, according to NOAA (the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The three links below provide important hurricane information. We take our responsibility seriously to continually improve hurricane resilience on our ranches. Planning, preparing and being informed can make all the difference.