IPCI engages in long term relationships with private landholders through Peyote Conservation Leases. These leases include an initial assessment on a particular piece of land. From there we create a harvest and regeneration plan. Our spiritual and ecological harvest is done on rotation on the land so that each year certain areas are harvested and others left to grow. For every one peyote harvested, we plant two baby medicines.
When NAC or ABNDN members conduct a harvest we enter with the utmost respect by ensuring that traditional offerings can take place. Anyone picking is trained how to harvest properly and records are kept so we can ensure the future regeneration. For our rancher friends this is a way of returning to the relationships their grandparents had with NAC and ABNDN people. IPCI hosts families and chapters to make pilgrimages and those who can’t take time to do a harvest can pick up our spiritually and ecologically harvested medicine.
The ranching life is very tenuous in South Texas and our Conservation Leases support ranching families to help preserve and protect the land. We always enter with respect, clean up after ourselves, and leave with gratitude for being hosted. By the same token it is always an honor for these ranching families to support the peyote way of life for the Indigenous people of North America.