Yesterday, December 18th, the River Falls Journal in Wisconsin wrote an article about their Farmer to Farmer trips and work with Nicaragua/Wisconsin Chapter. Please check it out:
|Nolte & Jilek in the field during their 2011 FTF trip|
|Nolte & Jilek in the field during their 2011 FTF trip|
|US and Haitian farmers creating a garden with donated seeds|
Meghan, Kelvin and Chrissy on their way to visit hydroponic
producers in Essequibo.
Meghan presenting a hydroponic production sign to
producer, Verna D'Aguiar.
Sigmund McKenzie showing what we're all about:
Ryan Nedd , Meghan, Kelvin Craig and Chrissy at the
Guyana/Suriname Ferry Station - Suriname is just across the
|Chrissy trying a freshly-picked guava|
|Velvet bean vines climbing a tree|
|A field of planted beans.|
|Volunteeer Alan Robinson exploring Cimarrones' biodiversity.|
|Host, Noe Pinto, during a hike in Cimarrones.|
"I think I may have discovered a potential mountain bike route that both Quito operators and yet-to-be-developed operators here in Baeza might take advantage of. Has similarities to a very successful 15-year-old route developed commercially from La Paz in Bolivia up and over the Andes, which I helped out with.
We're now back from backpacking in the Cimarrones lands. We managed to do all we had to in two days, although it was a tough trip. Many photos, many birds (45 identified by sight and another 10 heard, almost all by really great guides whom I hope we can integrate into future Corporación activities). Beautiful primary forest (Bosque Nublado), but so difficult to access that it's probably not conducive to the typical foreign birder groups who prefer short walks on beautifully maintained, mostly flat trails. Only the real fanatic birders would do what we just did, but there are some of those and it may still figure into the planning. But the Corporación is a legal entity which can develop activities outside of the forest, so we will likely focus on that. We've already visited several of the other activities: kayaking, birding lodges, scientific stations in the valley, and we have an idea of some other activities that might complement these. I met with Noe's father, who is the "godfather" of the whole process, which began as an agricultural coop over 40 years ago and has only recently morphed into the Corporación."
|This photo, received from F2F Volunteer and Carbon Roots International co-founder Ryan Delaney, shows the power of biochar for soil fertility in Haiti|
|Community members listen attentively as Mr. Ralaingita |
reviews disaster mitigation concepts.
|Technicians from the Office of Civil Protection receive |
certificates for their participation in Mr. Ralaingita's training.
"The community of Huisisilapa has now become one of the most motivated communities energized by our training and support from PROBUSQUEDA. It has become an example community to be declared a 'pilot project' by PROBOSQUEDA."
|Robert and producer in La Coline inspect teeth to determine age of buck|
|Robert and Anderson train La Coline producers in animal welfare|
|Women in Riviere Froide receive rabbits and cages|
|A campaign flyer with nutrition facts|
|Farmer to Farmer volunteers with Nicaraguan counterparts|
|Batya Silva presenting to a group of schoolchildren|
|Volunteer Samuel Schaefer-Joel with formulations of organic pesticides|
|Sigmund McKenzie's seedlings benefit from organic pesticide|
|photo credit: Justin Hackworth|
|Mr. McNulty inspecting a cow with a fellow veterinarian.|
|A group training session.|
|Mr. McNulty giving a talk on a radio show in El Chaco.|
|Ms. Brathwaite giving a presentation to a group of students.|
|Students awaiting milk samples.|
|A small group discussion using Sí a La Leche materials.|
|Shadehouse operator "Valo" describes a hydroponic system new to Guyana which is being developed following the assistance of FTF Volunteer Michael Driver. Once completed, this system could reduce costs of production and increase profit margin for farmers, while maintaining the high quality of produce.|
|Mrs. Isaacs, shadehouse operator, and Guyana F2F Coordinator Kelvin Craig display new sign|
|Lettuce and pok choi from Mrs. Isaacs' shadehouse. She sells to caterers who love the quality of her produce. They say they would buy from her or no one else! Her shadehouse is screened on the sides, which has been recommended by IPM volunteers for reducing pest damage.|
|Solar fruit dryer constructed at the Guyana School of Agriculture with the assistance of F2F volunteer Ralph Bucca. Still in use today, making plantain chips, after several years. The small size of the dryer is ideal for students to manage as a project or micro-enterprise.|
|FTF Field Officer Sigmund McKenzie showing off his hydroponic seedling nursery, and a box of lettuce seedlings to soon be delivered to a shadehouse operator. Several recent volunteers have identified specialized seedling nurseries as a key limiting factor in the value chain, so the success and growth of these nurseries are a key component to the industry.|
|Organic pesticide at use in crop and seedling production, through the assistance of recent volunteer Samuel Schaefer-Joel. Following Samuel's recommendations, staff and growers are using the formulated spray and also experimenting with varied formulations to arrive at the mose effective solution. The spray is also well labeled, consistent with recommendations of past volunteers in pesticide safety.|
|Group of CONAGAN participants|
|Local youth helps make silage|
|Group showing silage depository|
The farmers are actively participating and discussing amongst themselves as we work through the exercises, and they express their appreciation for a recordkeeping system they can use for their farming operations and in their homes (quite a few women have attended the workshops and they participate as well as the men ' I love it!).Friday, September 21st:
We had our best day yet today in Santa Ana, Santa Barbara. The workshop was well attended (including two women who participated more than some of the men), and the crop we used for an example (beans) allowed us to touch on some topics (loans and rents) not covered in previous days.
I cannot tell you what an experience this has been. It is going so much better than I ever anticipated. The farmers are so eager to learn and keep focused for the whole time. (Workshops have typically been lasting at least 5 hours not including lunch.) I certainly appreciate the opportunity.
|Mr. Chevalley presenting to students|
|Mr. Chevalley during a class discussion|