Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Photos from the week 8/17/2014
Posted: 17 Aug 2014 07:35 AM PDT
Last week was the first time Roy and I have been able to get out and go do a seminar with some of our cooperatives. We went east last and this week we went south. 8 of our cooperatives meet up at a town called Dede for a seminar on fruit trees. Despite getting stuck in the mud, and it raining a bunch during the day, we had a great turn out (about 85) and a fun time.
The truck got stuck in the mud coming off the ferry. After about an hour we were able to free it.
A group shot after the practical part of the seminar where we planted fruit trees.
This week we had lightning strike our generator house at Somongue. Thankfully the generator seems to be ok, so work can continue at the garage. The bad news is that despite grounding rods and breakers, it blew up our electrical and water systems including; large inverter, battery bank, and water pump. Roy and I spent a day rewiring our houses with a whole new 12 volt system that is specific to each house. At this point neither the farm nor our two houses have water. This is the latest in a series of electrical setbacks/frustrations we have had during the last year.
One of the 6 exploded batteries.
The same storm that brought the lighting that hit the farm also brought hail. A rare sight in these parts.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Photos from the week 8/10/2014
Posted: 10 Aug 2014 12:56 AM PDT
One of my does gave birth to 9 babies! Today almost all of them have opened their eyes.
Another army ant nest went up in flames this week. There are still scouting parties that are paying visits to Danforths and me, so there might still be another nest somewhere.
Before the flames discovered a chamber full of gas within the ant nest.
One of the explosions when the fire made it to a chamber.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Photos from the week 8/3/2014
Posted: 02 Aug 2014 12:04 PM PDT
This week Roy and I had our first opportunity to go do a seminar at a village. Three cooperatives came together to learn about fruit trees.
After theory, we went out in the field and planted 19 different kinds of fruit trees in one of the cooperatives fields.
I found the army ant nest that has been sending waves of soldiers to invade Danforths� and my house. Roy and I dug into the nest, poured gasoline into a few of the tunnels and lit them on fire. The gas must have gotten all the way into the main chamber, because there were a few nice explosions. I went back later in the day and dug into the center of their mound, and found a huge hole about a meter deep and wide.
Roy pouring gas down one of the army ant holes.
Four fires going, one at each major entrance. From time to time there would be an explosion and a big puff of fire would fly out of one or more of these holes. I was unable to get a photo of that though.
It looks like it is that time of year again. Mangosteens and Rambutans.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Photos from the week 7/27/2014
Posted: 27 Jul 2014 08:52 AM PDT
Here are three barrels of cow peas that have been harvested from the farm. They will be distributed soon as seed.
A few wind chimes I made of Bamboo
It is the time of year when people are harvesting peanuts! Fresh peanuts boiled are really addicting.
The Driver ants have been invading my house more frequently these nights. Saturday I found their home. Next step try to get rid of it.
I don�t have a camera any more except for the one on my phone. We don�t have cell reception on the farm, so I don�t often carry it with me. The quality of photos is also not great, so photos of the week will probably be a little different now.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Photos from the week 6/28/2014
Posted: 29 Jun 2014 12:41 PM PDT
I have new baby bunnies! There are only 5, but they all seem to be doing well.
This week we also had a baby cow born at CEFA. It is not quite at the same cuteness level as the bunnies, but at a few days� old its attempts to hop and play are pretty funny.
Since there is no daycare here, often small kids follow their parents to work. Here is a little boy helping his dad move some beans around.
We have 5 huge drying racks for beans and peanuts on the farm. The beans spend a few days up there before being taken down to make room for more. The dry ones are shelled and put into sacks.
I was able to get half a sack of Moringa leaves from our moringa plot this week. The very nutritious leaves went to the nutrition center to help feed the malnourished kids.
One of Roy�s bat flowers has been blooming the last few days. Quite the unusual looking flower.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
17 Jun 2014 12:18 PM PDT
We have many hectares of beans at Somongue and this week they started to be harvested. The seed will be dried and distributed to local farmers.
This week we also harvested another field of higher yielding manioc. Each sack holds many cuttings that will also be distributed to villagers.
This viper was eating a toad alongside Danforths� porch.
One week ago I was getting about 1 jack fruit a day from my tree. Last week it continued and one day I picked four. This week I got 9 on one day! Here are just 7 of them. All nine of them together weighed over 100 Lbs. The total for this week is 17
One of the nine was a really small one . A fun size jack fruit.
I have been having fun taming and training this African gray parrot. This week I wrapped him in a towel to trim his wing fathers so he could not try to fly away. Unfortunately a few nights ago my house and yard where invaded by driver ants, and I did not make it in time to save him.
I have lost many hives to driver ants, and this morning they attacked the rabbits and Danforths� house.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Photos from the week 6/8/2014
Posted: 09 Jun 2014 12:37 AM PDT
Narcisse is a young man from another part of the country where they raise bees in grass hives. It is only a one-time thing as the hive and the bees are destroyed when the honey is harvested. I asked him to make me a few hives, so that I can try to incorporate this kind of technology into my project. Try to find out how to transfer the bees to a real hive rather then kill them.
Saturday five of our local and national government heads came out for a tour of the farm. A few of them are new since the change of government, and seem to be really good guys.
One of the men working at the farm discovered a bunch of edible caterpillars in a bush.
Roy has been collecting different kinds of hibiscus and planting them out at Somongue. This week this beautiful orange with a red center bloomed for the first time.