Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Got Me A Huerta

Spinach, Lettuce, Cilantro, Dill, Basil, Chamomile, Tomato, Parsley and maybe Broccoli.

Protection is key for a successful garden. Pigs, Chickens and Cows will attack your vegetables if they are not well guarded. These animals run loose and have no respect for property boundaries. Roosters are vicious and will you stare you down if you get too close.
I use a combination of fencing and well paid neighborhood kids armed with sling shots to protect my garden. I'm putting Spinach salads on the map in Tacuati. Slowly.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So long, farewell. Auf Weidersehen, adios.

Mary Kennon Walker was my site mate for the last year. She held my hand when I could not see. She clothed me. She fed me oranges to fight off scurvy and fed me bacon to fight off homesickness.

After two years of working with the community owned and operated savings and loan cooperative, Mary has returned to Knoxville, Tennessee where she will pursue her dream as an underwriter for a well-known insurance company.

Mary and I collaborated on a few projects in site including a photography class, a recycling workshop and a three-day workshop on domestic violence and women's rights.


Mary let me stand in the room while she taught a photography class, led a recycling workshop and coordinated a three day workshop on domestic violence and women's rights.

Mary is actually a lawyer and has plans to practice law in Georgia, where coonskin hats are not required in court attire.

I wish her the best of luck. She will be missed.

Thursday, August 6, 2009