Gilbert Schweser | Monday, September26, 2016
This was my 26th Earthwatch project and one of the best.
The team leaders were knowledgeable, personable and spoke great English.
Mexico City turned out to be a great place. Since the projects were in the city we got a taste is city life and traffic. I felt safe at all times.
The farmers we worked with were truly dedicated to improving their environment and water quality.
I learned more about the need for sustainability in my week on this project than years of reading about it.
We did water testing, helped build proto type water cleansing systems, soil testing in sample plots trying to reduce salinity.
We also discussed with farmers their problems. These included 1. An organic cactus farmer, 2. A flower farmer and 3. a vegetable producer. All great people willing to share their problems with us.
The list goes on and on ...
I also loved Xochimilco where the chinampas (the old Aztec lake bed garden) ... worth the trip alone.
Also our water quality tests to help out the axolotl
(Salamander) was interesting, as was the visit to the National University of Mexico to visit the research station studying them.
In conclusion, don't miss this project.