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May your holidays sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill,  and may 2018 be full of happiness, laughter and joy. Have a Happy Holidays from us to you!

Seeds of Hope thanks to "El Campo en Nuestras Manos"

  "I'd rather garden than be the emperor of the world," and while this famous quote comes from the first president of the United States, I share his exact  stance on gardening... Gardening brings out the best attributes in mankind: hope, faith, and sharing.  As gardeners we hope that what we sow, we will reap. Faith that what what we reap will taste good and if our crops are plentiful, we share. 

2 feathery friends
  This week I was invited to attend an event sponsored by DIF (an organization that promotes services to women, infants, and children) held at the Municipio of Ensenada.  The lady in charge of DIF is the wife of President/Mayor of Ensenada Mr Novelo.  Every month they are holding sustainable living workshops like these for mostly women that live in the county of Ensenada.  Last month they gave each attendant 8 chickens and information on how to raise them for eggs and/or meat.  This month they gave out plenty of vegetable seeds along with the tools needed to start a small vegetable garden.

The workshop speaker mentioned that in his youth, his mother barely made ends meet with very little income, yet their dinner table was always bountiful with fresh ingredients.  This was in large part that she grew her own vegetables and was able to feed her entire family through sustainable gardening.  The organization he works for also helped co-sponsor the event, SAGARPA (the abbreviation loosely translate to Secretary of Agriculture, Game and Rural Fishing and Feed).

Cherry Tomato plant in a pot
These organization are looking to sponsor gardening clubs, farm raising small game (rabbits, goats, pigs, and lambs) and even local fisherman.  They want to help spread the word about sustainable living and encourage people to buy for locals.  Maybe you know someone who might benefit from this program or are interested in getting involved and starting a garden club at a local school or community are or even in your own home.  There are programs out there that can help.

For more information: contact local DIF office in your area.


These organizations are NOT affiliated with any political party nor enduring a political party.

Written by Liz Pedroza, you can usually find me helping someone in there garden or picking bugs out and feeding them to my chickens in my own garden.
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Mexican-made electric car.

Zacua electric car on sale in November and the manufacturer will offer two models, with prices starting at 440,000 pesos

Mexico News Daily | Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The first electric car made completely in Mexico by a 100% Mexican company and specifically designed for motorists in the country’s cities is expected to go on sale in November.

The Surprising True History Behind Cinco de Mayo

The celebrations can be traced back to the Civil War

Today, Cinco de Mayo’s actual meaning can be easily lost in an abundance of margaritas—which might cause celebrants to completely overlook the real history of the holiday, which dates back to strife in 19th-century Mexico and the effect of the American Civil War on Latinos living in what’s now the Southwest.

The Battle of Puebla took place on 5 May 1862, The Mexican victory is celebrated yearly on the fifth of May. Its celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Although this holiday remains very popular in the United States where it is celebrated yearly as Cinco de Mayo.

24 Ways to Beat The Summer Heat

24 Ways to Beat The Summer Heat (Without AC)
source: greatist

When summer comes to mind, we almost always focus on picnics, days lounging on the beach, and tasty iced drinks. But hot weather has a gnarly side too. We’re talking about the real dog days of summer when intense heat and humidity make it impossible to sit comfortably, let alone sleep through the night.

The obvious solution for cool, calm, and REM-ful sleeping is an air conditioner: These modern gizmos can keep a bedroom at the optimum sleep temperature (roughly between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit), plus provide some nice white noise to boot. But even small window units use up tons of energy and jack up monthly electric bills. So what’s an environmentally-responsible, budget-conscious sleeper to do?

Do I Need to Import My Vehicle into Mexico?

Depending on your plans, you might need to import your car into Mexico. Whether it is permanent or temporary, the importation process has to follow the existing procedure implemented by the General Administration of Customs in Mexico (Aduana). Those who drive their vehicles within the border zone (roughly 12.50 miles/20 km. south of the border) do not have to worry about importation requirements. Additionally, The Free Trade Zone, which is all of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora as far south as San Carlos/Guaymas are exempt from the importation process, meaning you do not have to import your vehicles if you are in or traveling in the above areas. However, foreigners who plan to go beyond San Carlos/Guaymas have to obtain an importation permit, temporary or permanent.

Stargazing at Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Observatory

The Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Observatory is part of the National Astronomical Observatory that is in turn operated by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The history of the National Astronomical Observatory goes back to the 19th century when its first telescope was placed on the balcony of Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City. Over the centuries, this modest start gradually led to the facilities that exist today at the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir Observatory.
The three telescopes in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir came into existence once the previous location from Tonantzintla, Puebla became too polluted for astronomical studies. The first 0.84 m (33 in) telescope was built at the end of the 60s, and it was followed by a second 1.52 m (60 in) telescope in 1970. The 2.12 m (83 in) telescope was installed between 1974 and 1979, and it is today the largest optical telescope in Mexico. Apart from the three telescopes, the observatory facilities include a library, computer room, recreation areas, and cabins for staff and visiting astronomers.

South Dakota Auto Licensing: Out of State Registration

South Dakota Auto Licensing
Out of State Registration
By Jen Keehn - June 2015

South Dakota makes it easy for out-of-staters (and many expats) to attain plates without proof of insurance or the smog tests that many states require. Not only are plates easy and affordable to attain, but just as easy to renew.
The renewal fees for tags don’t cost much and don’t require proof of insurance or smog certification. If you've got a vehicle that doesn’t cross the border back to the US, there’s no reason to continue to hold US auto insurance just so you can get your tags renewed.

Mexican Wills - A Must Have for Expats

Mexican Wills - A “Must” for Anyone with Assets in Mexico

by Kristy Deegan / Originally published - May 22, 2010 / Updated 2016

If a spouse dies, and there are no children, the court will search for heirs for the spouse's 50 percent in the following order: parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins. If there are children, the court would rule equal percent to surviving spouse and children. If there were two sons, the two sons and the spouse would each get an equal part of the ownership.

In general, in the United States there is a right of survivor-ship when a death occurs. The United States law provides for a joint will for the married couple. Many married couples have a joint Will, living trust, family trust or the like. When one partner dies under these circumstances, the “property” (all belongings, homes, land, etc.) is passed on to the designated parties with relative ease.

Yet Mail, Etc. Mail Services

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ffers MORE Than Just Mail Services

Yet Mail Etc. would like to remind you that if you get your FM3’s at the Mexican Consulate, you only have 30 days after it is stamped at the border to open an FM3 file at the Immigration office in San Felipe, or you will have to start the process all over again.
For FM2 renewals, immigration in San Felipe is asking for the last three copies of your bank statements and a Bank letter with the amount of $2,500 for two people or $1,600 for one person. For your FM3 and FM2, you need proof of address in San Felipe (electric, water, phone bill or property tax receipt), but they have to be under your name. You need to start your FM3 renewal at least three weeks before expiration date; after the due date, you will be fined.
Yet Mail is proud to offer these immigration services to you at very reasonable rates. They offer a no-worry service and are experienced in FM2 and FM3 Visa processing. In addition, they can assist you in setting up a Mexican corporation, provide legal assistance, legal contracts as well as translation services. A full-service copy center is also available on-site, as well as mailboxes for U.S. Mail delivery and UPS services. Yet Mail is not just a mail center; they are SO MUCH MORE! Stop in to get complete information about all the services they provide.
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Ave. Mar de Cortez #1049
San Felipe, B.C.
Phone: 011-52-686-577-1253
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100 E 4th Street
Calexico, CA 92231-2739

Packages picked up and delivered from San Felipe. Please do not seal the package, as it will have to be opened for customs. 

Ave. Mar de Cortez #1049 next to “My Friend’s Closet” - San Felipe, B.C.
Phone: 011-52-686-577-1255

Other Services:
  • Pick up medicine at pharmacies in the USA 
  • Bank deposits in the U.S. 
  • We can pay your electric, water and telephone bill. 
  • Pay taxes, trust (Fideicomiso) in any Bank 
  • Property information, Contract for leasing or buying property 
  • Legal translations 
  • Mexican and American stamps 
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  • Including notary, Secretary of State apostilles anywhere in the USA. 
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Mexico Invests $1.5 bn into Farming

Mexico News Daily | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Agricultural firms are set to invest US $1.5 billion this year in modernization and development, says the president of the National Agricultural Council (CNA). Industry association expects to maintain double-digit growth.

In an interview with the newspaper Milenio, Bosco de la Vega Valladolid said the investment would focus on boosting protected farming, such as greenhouses, pressurized irrigation systems, revamping of storage facilities and logistics and certification strategies. De la Vega said the boom being experienced by the industry — with exports worth almost US $30 billion a year — has attracted entrepreneurs from other industries who are eager to capitalize on it. Commenting on international trade issues, he said it was more important than ever to complete a favorable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) given the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Your Pet's Trauma on Race Weekends

Help for Getting your Pets through the Trauma of Race Weekends!
By Steven Forman

With the Baja 250, 500, 1000 and many other off-road racing event each year, I thought it might be  appropriate to discuss some of the problems local street dogs and pets face when it comes to extremely fast moving vehicles and loud noise. It’s no secret, of course, that dogs everywhere are scared to death of fireworks and other loud noises, such as race vehicles, ATVs and fireworks.

You don’t need a Ph.D. in dog psych to know that one of the most stressful times for our animals down here is when the community is overrun with race enthusiasts. I’m not all that crazy about it myself, but it’s far more unnerving for our furry friends.

Calafia is a Historic Landmark

Pirates, Queens and Buried Treasure
By Martina  * Photos by Christina Escoto
Source: Baja Bound Insurance

Brilliant white sunlight, like a shimmering halo, moves across the surface of the Pacific to the horizon. It is nearly impossible to look directly into its beauty. Except for the wind, there is a deeper quiet than just the absence of visitors to the Calafia’s Historical Monument. From the patio today is seen, a fisherman brazenly pushing his outboard motor to the max, while the bow of the panga cuts the white caps, leaping forward into the rough seas. The panorama is stunning beauty in a historic setting where movies were made, pirates once sailed, a mythical queen ruled and digging for buried treasure still goes on.

The Calafia Point and the cultural historic landmark are rich in history, making this an enjoyable stop on your journey a few minutes south of Rosarito Beach.

Mexico's Gas Storage and Distribution Challenge

Gasoline supplies at ‘crisis’
Mexico News Daily | Saturday, January 14, 2017
Source: SIPSE (sp), Excélsior (sp), BBC Mundo (sp)

Mexico is going through a gasoline supply crisis due to the fact that there are no more than three days’ worth of inventory, the Energy Secretary warned yesterday.

Appearing before the Permanent Commission of Congress, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said that while Mexico is creating a robust and competitive market for gasoline, supplies remain at a risky 7% of the capacity recommended under international standards.

Coldwell said storage and distribution infrastructure has not kept pace with demand during the last 13 years, during which time Mexico’s gasoline consumption has soared to the point where it is now the world’s fourth largest consumer, moving up from eighth largest.