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To pee or not to pee?

(And other issues related to soil fertility)

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HI! I can't believe we've only been here a week. We've been really busy on the farm and feel settled here. We've got into a routine of shadowing the interns in their various 'zones' in the mornings and studying/ having seminars etc in the afternoons. One particularly interesting seminar this week was led by an intern, Andrew, discussing urine as a fertiliser for soil. (Apparently it is very effective as long as it is diluted.) He has been working with another intern on a trial, and had a big plastic bottle of urine on the desk throughout the seminar.
We have been involved in various tasks, including making an enormous compost heap with an intern in the 'mountain' area, going on a wild goose chase (well, ducks) in the 'rainforest', trying to coax the ducks into their new home in the pond, and plenty of weeding.

One intern, Sherril, the animal lover...

One intern, Sherril, the animal lover...


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Weeding

Weeding

Spot the difference between the hair and hay stack (clue... there is no difference)

Spot the difference between the hair and hay stack (clue... there is no difference)

Crystal's mammoth compost heap

Crystal's mammoth compost heap

The ducks' house needed to be moved near the pond, which was a team effort, and involved plenty of 'good job's' being said. We've noticed how readily the American give praise and encouragement here, which has been amusing. Compliments such as 'hey, neat compost pile' and 'great job fertilising' fly around, creating a super positive work ethos!

Trying to figure out how to move the ducks' house

Trying to figure out how to move the ducks' house

Lifting the ducks' house

Lifting the ducks' house

David received an email from Roger (from REAP) with specific plants & techniques to study whilst he's here, which has helped him feel a bit more focused and a little less overwhelmed.
Once again, my En Route course has been relevant this week, all about Christian development work and poverty, which has tied in really well with the work that ECHO promotes.
David organised a trip tonight to see an ice hockey game between Florida Everblades and the Reading Royals (not my home team...) The Florida Everblades

The Florida Everblades

After the Ice Hockey match

After the Ice Hockey match

It was an interesting experience, although strange to see all the Everblades 'fans' traipse out 5 minutes before the end of the game as their team were losing. I guess the 'good job!' culture of support and encouragement isn't everywhere in the States....

Posted by africraigs 21:30 Archived in USA Tagged ecotourism

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