The work of Real Minero is dedicated to the sustainability of the maguey and their family run palenque is even reviving almost extinct agave species back to health.
Being 4th generation Mezcal producers, the family are passionate about discovering all there is to know about the noble maguey.
A few years ago after the sad passing of Don Lorenzo Angeles Mendoza his daughters Graciela and Adriana and son Edgar launched a project called Proyecto LAM, honouring their father by naming the project after him.
Don Lorenzo always taught his children to care for and respect the agave. He would say: ‘Sin maguey, no hay mezcal’ (Without agaves, there is no mezcal).
His vision for the agave fields to be developed under a comprehensive approach in which the care of the environment, waste recycling, composting and ecological management of their crops in general set the standard for this project.
By studying the seeds, growth and behaviour of the many pollinators their aim is to share what they learn to other Mezcaleros, through encouraging building agave nurseries to help their growth and amongst other focusses to germinate agave seeds naturally without the need of chemical processes or technologies. This practise is of course applied in their fields of agaves too by not using any type of agrochemical.
One of the most upsetting things that Real Minero have learnt during the LAM project so far is that some agaves are so over-cultivated they are unable to grow healthy seed. An agave can produce approximately 10,000 to 20,000 seeds but they have noticed, the Espadin in particular, that less than 10% are healthy seeds.
To quote Graciela: “We not only think about the need to plant agaves and reproduce them but to understand that agaves are part of a habitat and that habitat is animals, plants and also humans. That’s why when you talk about sustainability in the maguey you have to think about water, firewood, agaves but also food.”
Amongst the many amazing things Real Minero do at their Palenque they value both social and ecological responsibility in that through their sales they were able to build the El Rosario library which focusses exclusively on the education of youths in their own community and of people of any other place.
As the LAM Project is independent it survives exclusively through donations and the sale of their Mezcal. Through these the wages of the people looking after the agave nurseries can be paid, to lower their costs for materials of their seed banks, as well as allowing for the publication of a leaflet that enables a dialogue between producers and consumers to raise awareness about the importance of the conservation of the wondrous maguey.
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