Milpa: From Seed to Salsa
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Milpa: From seed to salsa
Kathy and Phil Dahl-Bredine founded the Guadalupe Montessori School in 1979. In 2000, they chose to move to Oaxaca, Mexico, where they have been working with local villagers ever since to build self reliance and community sustainability. In addition to clean energy and natural building projects, they have been working with practitioners of indigenous agriculture to protect and preserve their food traditions - critical both to the preservation of the local culture, and to the future of food on the planet, as this region is home to an astounding diversity of seed stock for several edible crops, including corn, beans and squash.

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Purchasing the book from GMS not only supports this important work, but also supports the school, as a portion of the profits are being donated to our scholarship fund.
We offer Bi-lingual education in our Toddler Classroom!
Toddler Bilingual Education
Our AMI trained lead guide, Shanna Shultz will be implementing the Montessori curriculum in English. Her assistant, Xochitl Hernandez Moctezuma will provide the bilingual component, interacting with the children and giving lessons exclusively in Spanish.

There is a great deal of current research that details the many benefits of early immersion in a second language, among them increased vocabulary, deeper cultural fluency, and enhanced cognitive skills.
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3rd Annual GMS FESTIVAL OF TREES Opens Friday December 4
Toddler Bilingual EducationThe Festival of Trees is a well-known fundraising event that happens in cities and towns all over the country. It has been a tradition in Silver City for decades, and has been hosted by GMS since 2013. GMS purchases a variety of live Christmas trees which are decorated by local artists, individuals, and organizations. The result is a stunning, unique display of ornamented Christmas trees highlighting the incredible creativity of our community. The trees will be exhibited at the Old Post Office on Broadway. The adorned trees, as well as many other plants and holiday items, are for sale, and the Winter Wonderland we create will be a joy to experience for people of all ages! This is our single largest fundraising event, and we are looking forward to a great Festival of Trees this year!

Toddler Bilingual EducationFri-Sun, December 4 - 6
Thurs-Sun, December 10 - 13

All community members are welcome to the event where there will be a variety of craft projects, food, music and special events - fun for the whole family! So that everyone is able to participate and contribute to the continued success of our school, we not only sell decorated and undecorated Christmas Trees, we will have Rosemary plants, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and agave stalks (reusable Christmas trees with a southwestern flair) available. You can to order fruit trees and vines for spring planting and enjoy the Holiday Pop-Up store, stocked with high quality toys, soaps, teas and salves made with herbs from the GMS garden, holiday cards, and other thoughtful and meaningful gift items. [ Information Flyer ]

Milpa: From seed to salsaFeatured is [ Milpa: From Seed to Salsa ], a bilingual book featuring recipes and food traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico. The book is the product of a team of authors and photographers, including Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine who founded the Guadalupe Montessori School in 1979 and moved to Oaxaca in 2000 to serve in a community of greater need.

Here is December and Festival Activity information:
  • Come see our float downtown in the Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 28!
  • The Festival of Trees will be held the first two weekends in December: Fri-Sun, Dec 4-6; Thurs-Sun, Dec 10-13
  • Location: The Old Post Office on Broadway, next to the Silver City Museum
  • Activities with other civic organizations downtown, include:

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