Sustainable peasant agriculture is a positive force for biodiversity conservation.

At Fluviales de Vida, we believe that investments in agricultural development can become the catalyst for encouraging broad-based rural development and provide the basis a wider sustainable development objectives such as reducing poverty, food and nutritional insecurity, and environmental degradation. The creation of a rural environmental education community center is the first step towards achieving the goal of improving social, environmental, and economic conditions for people living in rural Mexico and Central America and actively support the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

Rio laja community center, san miguel de allende

Projected to be established in the community of Montecillo de Nieto, in the vicinity of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
The community education center will provide people with a space to gather to share ideas regarding environmental stewardship and disseminate information of how agriculture, conservation, and biodiversity should be managed for the nutritional and social benefit of the majority, as well as the environmental security of the region, and planet.

The Rio Laja Community Center will integrate economic development and environmental conservation to help local artisans and farmers by hosting research and extension programs for the rural population of the region.

Through the education extension capabilities of the Rio Laja Community Center biological principles and indigenous farming knowledge will combine with low-input modern technologies and management of farming systems to provide an environmentally sound and affordable way for small farmers to diversify production.”
— Gustavo Spinolo, Founder

Rio Laja Community Center will offer the community the following services:

  • Library & Computer Room
  • Gathering Space | Presentation Hall
  • Community Kitchen
  • Seed Bank & Greenhouse
  • Rain-water Harvesting System
  • Solar & Bike Powered Energy System
  • Edible Landscape
  • Plus: a living quarter for interns of medicine, ecologists, and permaculturists to interact with the community and offer their knowledge and skills.


                                                 Services and activities available to everyone in the community via Rio Laja Community Center