Kaytee Norris – Guanajuato Day 5 – March 5th

Today we visited the tequila factory. This tequila factory is located on an old hacienda. I learned that Miguel Hidalgo was born on this hacienda. This tequila factory is a large, very large factory and is famous for their cobalt blue bottle. This particular factory has been in operation for sixteen years, however this hacienda has been around since 1755. I also learned that the value of tequila is decreasing while the value of Polky and mescal is increasing. While at the factory, we were able to sample some tequila – the kind I tried was 80% alcohol and it was awful! It was very strong and my whole body felt like it was on fire! We also learned that there were four different types of tequila and they are young, white, aging and extra aging. While at the factory, we also learned about the families of the Hacienda. Most of the hacienda owners were from Spain.

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After we visited the tequila factory, we went to the Indian Ruins.

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Our final stop of the day was the strawberry plantation. Irapuato, Mexico is the strawberry capital of the world. At the strawberry plantation I learned so much information. I learned that the plantation is 17 hectors which in American it is equal to 35 acres. In Mexico, strawberries are introduced plants, which mean that they are not native to this area. On the plantation we visited they use high tunnels. These high tunnels are mans way of controlling the environment and are cheaper and less expensive than regular greenhouses. In addition, high tunnels are easier to maintain and construct. Here are this plantation, they use drip irrigation which prevents wasting water because here in Mexico water is a very important resource that is scarce. The strawberries are picked by hand and are exported to the United States, Mexico as well as other countries. I also learned that this plantation is a highly synchronized system, both economical and biologically due to high technology and good human management. I also learned that plantations like this one can offer at least 150 work positions are available and that some of the workers come from the ejido. For instance, when there are job openings available it uplifts the economy especially for the workers from the ejido. It is also more efficient for migrant workers from the ejido to get a job on one of these plantations instead of migrating to the US. I really enjoyed visits this plantation and the best part was getting to eat some of the bright red, delicious strawberries. Below are some photos from the plantation visit.

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