Rancho La Puerta Foundation & The Rain Women’s Organic Garden

One of the most emotional moments I had during my social media retreat at Rancho La Puerta spa was watching little children playing happily in a make shift play ground along the Tecate, Mexico river. The old swing-sets were rusted, but still working. The old car tires that were floating in the river of trash, have now provided make-shift steps, leading the young to their tarnished seasaw. The children are able to have a retreat of their own, aside a flourishing organic garden because of the dedication and vision of the Rancho la Puerta Foundation and The Rain Women’s Organic Garden.

The Rain Women’s Committee Organic Garden, Tecate, Mexico

What was once a sewage ridden river has become the embodiment of one woman’s commitment to improving the living conditions of her poor, rural community of Tecate, Mexico. Carmen, the pioneer behind the Rain Women’s Committee of Tecate, Mexico, took the initiative to clean up the river and to provide fresh, sustainable food to her family and community. With the help of the local women and the support of the RAncho La Puerta Foundation, they were able to clean up much of the Tecate river sewage and waste, leaving a more pristine environment for the children to play beside.

the whole family gets involved at the garden

The dedicated efforts of this committee of women and the foundation have also created a sustaining and organic garden full of seasonal vegetables for the community. Full of fresh chiles, radishes, fennel and a plethora of other greens, this garden feeds their families and make them less dependent on outside food sources, which often prove to be extremely expensive and low in quality once it reaches them. These women have enabled themselves with better food and opportunites through their grass-roots efforts and passionate recycling program.

drying out garden chilies during the winter

It’s both emotional and inspiring to know that the things that I have in excess here in the States, are so valued and cherished by these women. Simple luxuries such as safe drinking water, fresh food and a safe environment for children are just a few examples of what these women had to fight for.

little Diego with his radish harvest

And oh, chocolate. Thanks for Gail and the gals, we were able to sneak in a chocolate stop on our way to the garden. The chocolate proved to be more than appreciated by the children. They were happy with their lives, it seemed. Each and everyone of them were full of vigor and spirit as they scoffed down their gifts of chocolate, playing on their swings and picking radishes.

How grounding and re-affirming it is to know that it doesn’t take much to make children happy.



Faces of the community garden in Tecate, Mexico

Carmen, the organizer of The Rain Women’s Committee

Little Diego and his fans

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Heather Dawson

    You really brought this to life Diane ~ Thank you! This was the most uplifting part of my trip as well. I was so moved by their positivity & ‘can do’ attitude. If only we could bottle that for everyone! Jennifer and I plan on airing this story on our show later this month ~ http://www.californialifehd.com
    I would love to include your pictures (with credit) in our segment. Please email me the highest quality jpg if possible. heather@californialifehd.com
    I hope we can make a difference… Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer Quinonez

    Great pictures Diane, and so happy you wrote about this moving and inspiring project. The women living near the Tecate river that have come together to help save and feed their community is amazing — and your pictures capture their spirit beautifully. I’m so pleased to see how Fundacion La Puerta is supporting this group and ensuring a better tomorrow for the children of Tecate. http://www.fundacionlapuerta.org/en/

    1. White On Rice Couple

      Jennifer- thank you for the link! I was needing it and couldn’t find it. hugs.

  3. indosungod

    Feels good just reading about the project. Nature and children go together.

  4. juliemarg

    Diane – what gorgeous photos! This tour was one of my points too, and I’m so glad you were there to visually capture it. The pride that Carmen and her husband had in their accomplishments was so moving, and knowing that they’ll pass that leadership on to Diego and his siblings was very inspirational.

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