Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beans ready to harvest

In among the newly planted saplings in the recently cleared reforestation area, beans and peanuts and other crops are flourishing.  Great double use of the land!  These beans are a wonderful red variety that softens quickly with cooking, but they are ones that have not grown well up 'til this year.
--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

Building a bridge

CEFA has bridge over the river from the main orchard/office acreage to the cattle area. Now they're building a bridge from the main area to the reforestation section.  They're using "gabions", those cages in the photo which will be filled with big rocks, as the foundation for the bridge.  There are huge boulders on the other side, and they're trying a new method to level off the top of the boulders.  They build a fire on the rock, and then when it's white hot they pound on the surface and it cracks apart.  That's what we do in the rainforest when we don't have a jackhammer or whatever would normally be used.  
--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

Fire in rainy season?!?!

Even though all is green, there are those who will burn to clear a field.  It's time for the second planting of peanuts, sesame seed, etc., and the decades' long habit of slash and burn does not die easily.  Burning is easy, composting is time consuming.
--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

Friday, August 5, 2016

and now a word from our sponsor

The t-shirts have been printed and arrived with our July visitors, BUT the big celebration hasn't happened yet, so they have yet to be distributed.  Certain people have been spotted already wearing the shirts, though.  Thank you Foods Resource Bank, Covenant World Relief, and so many others!

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

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Nandi's co-op

It was good to be able to give Nandi's co-op some tools to help out in their fields.  It is time to plant peanuts and corn, and they've got many different types of greens going already.

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

New seeds from across the ocean

Roy and buddy, Paul Noren, visited Ecuador in May, and while there collected some fruit and flower seeds to try in central Africa.  They got the permits and mailed them to themselves across the water.  It took 2 months from Roy's hands in South America to his hands in Africa.  Thankfully all but one baggie of seeds made it just fine.  This is an example of the "E" in CEFA - experimenting with growing new plants to see how they do and if the local population is interested, without them having to take the hit if it doesn't succeed.
--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 66327 9859 Roy 011 237 66171 7808  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

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Mangosteens, and rambutans abound

Wow, the king (durian, big and center stage in photo) and the queen (mangosteen, purplish rind w very white sectioned flesh) of fruits ripe at the same time.  Added to the mix is the rambutan, the small reddish spiky one.  Roy thought the time for durians was past, but he got to enjoy just this one that ripened late.  He shared it with our guests, who were okay with it, but not overly impressed. 

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 66327 9859 Roy 011 237 66171 7808  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/

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