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$1,861
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
39
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 22 2013 6:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Mixtli (meesh-tlee) is a very unique concept. We take ancient, pre-hispanic techniques developed in Mesoamerica centuries ago, we add modern techniques like the use of sous vide and liquid nitrogen, and together we blend them with regional Mexican cuisine.

Our name, meaning cloud in Nahuatl, the Aztec mother language, takes flight in each one of our menus as we travel all over Mexico. Our Chefs table sits 12 guests per night, and we serve over 8-paired courses. The pairings go from wine, through craft beers, spirits like Tequila, Sotol, or Mezcal, and even aguas frescas. The menu changes every 45 days. After that we start over in other regions of Mexico. 

You can say our menu travels just like clouds do. The first menu (Oct. 1st-Nov 15) starts in the coast of Oaxaca, moving in land in each one of our courses.

Pretty cool huh? Well, it doesn't stop there. We are serious about sustainability. We are so serious about it, that we want to build a garden in our roof, which is located on top of an old train car. We want to grow herbs and vegetables, and spread the important message of sustainability. 

Our train car measures 40 x 9 ft and that's ample space to build the garden. We will have a water tank that will supply an irrigation lines to each planter. The goal is to have a system that feeds itself. We would like to have 10-15 different types of produce and ingredients that are typical in Mexican cuisine but hard to source locally, like epazote, zucchini blossoms, hoja santa, and a variety of micro greens like micro cilantro, sorrel, chervil, and mint.

The funds would be focused on getting the planters built by a local craftsman, water pumps to create a closed loop for irrigation, hoses, a small water tank, soil, seeds, a corn drying rack,  and farming/harvesting tools. 

Our train car. The garden would do incredibly well under the shade.
Our train car. The garden would do incredibly well under the shade.
A view from when we started the project. As you can see, there is plenty of space to set the garden.
A view from when we started the project. As you can see, there is plenty of space to set the garden.
We will install a sliding ladder in order to go up and down to harvest.
We will install a sliding ladder in order to go up and down to harvest.

As you can see, there is not much going on at the top of the car. It is our mission to have it blooming with herbs, vegetables, and fruits. 

We will create a blog in our website to keep everybody updated in the status of construction. 

We can't do it without your help and support.

Join us in this incredible adventure as we spread the message of "grow your own/dirt to fork" philosophy.

Thank you for your help!

Our "molino" to make corn masa.
Our "molino" to make corn masa.
Our beautiful lime tree
Our beautiful lime tree
Our Guava tree
Our Guava tree
A little french flare. Cajeta (Goat's milk caramel) french macaroons
A little french flare. Cajeta (Goat's milk caramel) french macaroons
We take raw corn for our masa.
We take raw corn for our masa.
We make our chocolate from raw cacao beans.
We make our chocolate from raw cacao beans.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest bump in the road is time. We can't make plants bloom or give up fruits over night. This is a project that will need time and a lot of care after completion. Many plants are seasonal, while a few will bloom regularly. we believe that following this project post-funding will be very rewarding for both diners, and people who keep up with the progress. What is cooler than harvesting what you're about to eat, RIGHT before you do?

As far as construction, we don't anticipate anything major affecting the progress of the project. We have experienced experts in plant husbandry and a clear sense of direction when it comes to our garden.

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    Show your support for our cause and our farmers by displaying a Mixtli bumper sticker!

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    Ready to hit the farmers market? Do it with your very own Mixtli Garden tote bag. The perfect bag for all of your locally grown produce.

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    Like chocolate? Get 2 tablets of our hand crafted Chocolate de metate. We take 100% organic cacao beans, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices to create an incredible chocolate. Use it for moles, or hot chocolate. Winter is coming! Limited quantities.

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    Come to a hot chocolate tasting and explore some of the most iconic dishes of Oaxaca.

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Funding period

- (51 days)