|At WNP chapter meeting|
During the meeting, Dr. Blandon presented a certificate of special recognition to one of the WNP chapter members, Arlen Albrecht. As a member for many years Arlen has helped maintain the strong link between WNP chapter members and the Farmer to Farmer program. He has recruited many volunteers from the University of Wisconsin extension service where he works with extension agents and teaches community development. In addition to Nicaragua, Arlen has supported Farmer to Farmer activities in other countries and project areas. Last March, he traveled with his wife, Lucia on a flex assignment in Chile to help with community gardening. There are plans for a Farmer to Farmer assignment to Nicaragua for Arlen later this spring to support the horticulture activities in the country.
While in Wisconsin Dr. Blandon met with past F2F volunteers and was able to provide updates on their host and work. He also met with potential volunteers and discussed specifics of the Farmer to Farmer program and the support needed in Nicaragua. Dr. Blandon was interviewed by the Medford local radio station and was invited to meet with area Spanish class high school students. He presented on Nicaraguan culture, history and the work done by Partners of the Americas and F2F. While working through a busy schedule of activities Dr. Blandon also had the opportunity to enjoy the winter pastime of ice fishing. He had a productive and fun trip and was thankful for the hospitality and warmth expressed by the people of Wisconsin.