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Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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This is the new topic on my plans - and the projects already started - at the Caribbean island of Curaçao.
Before there was a topic called 'wofati in tropical climate?', but I decided to start with a new title.

In 10 days from now I'll visit the island. I know the people who started the project there mostly from the internet, only one of them I met i.r.l. (two years ago, visiting Curaçao). In this topic I can tell you about what's already going on at Curaçao, and about my 'future plans' there ... But the future partly depends on this upcoming visit to the island. Before I was there with my husband, but he is 'resting' now (died last year). We visited the island, where he was born and raised, every two years. I saw it as an island with many possibilities ... He understood my plans, but wasn't able to go back and live there again. Even the 'vacations' there were hard for him. Too many bad memories of the past ...

Now I am 'on my own', so I can do whatever I like. But I can't do it all by myself! I am so glad I found the people who did start with permaculture at Curaçao, now little over a year ago. We'll meet soon, we'll get to know eachother ... I'm going to visit their 'farms' and 'food forests'! Exciting
Here are some of these people (I hope you can see the photo)
 
David Livingston
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Sounds great looking forward to hearing about your adventures

David
 
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Can't wait to hear more.
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Thank you for the replies. First you can read more on my (evolving) plans, and on projects happening at Curaçao, in my blog:
http://curaduracuracao.blogspot.nl/
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Yesterday I returned from my three weeks at Curaçao. Three weeks were much too short ... But I am so glad I was there (again) and made new friends. I met four of the five people on the photo of my first post. And also some more people. In fact a lot more. Some of them are 'kunukadors' (vegetable growers), most are (potential) clients for the vegetables. Within these three weeks the number of clients for the weekly dose of organically grown vegetables went up from 55 to 72! Thanks to the promotion activities of Roland and Reinald.
The whole story will follow later. Here is a picture of me (with a funny face and hat) and Black Diamond next to one of his banana trees. Photo made by Roland.
 
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Last three weeks I stayed at the 'kunuku' (plantation) of Aishel. She has bananas and papayas and other fruit trees, a field full of large pumpkins, nice herbs and a small nursery (mostly moringa trees). Her land is large, half of it is all 'mondi' (nature, wood). Some twenty meters from her own house there's a wooden cabin. That was my 'vacation home'. But not yet the first night. It had to be tidied up and cleaned first. So the first night I slept in a hammock between the trees. I prefered that over sleeping on the couch in the living room, even though there was some rain. Next day we made the cabin ready for my stay.

Aishel is a busy woman. Not only does she have this plantation, she has more to do. So she needed help. I got some personal tasks: watering the plantation (opening a tap in a drip system, waiting for 5 minutes, then closing this one and opening the next one, etc.) each morning; watering the nursery twice a day (with a hose) and cutting the tree-killing rubber vines (Cryptostegia grandiflora). And I did some household jobs.

There are more jobs to do, but these ask for strong muscles … Now sometimes Aishel calls a German student, a young man who likes doing tough work. Instead of paying for the gym he now gets paid for it. And he gets a nice tan in the burning sun. Of course Aishel would prefer having volunteers doing this kind of work too. That's why I promised her to write this ad:

WWOOFER(s) needed!

At the beautiful Caribbean island of Curaçao urgent help needed for an organic plantation. Do you wake up early every morning? Do you love a tropical climate? Are you in good condition? Are you more of a worker than a talker? Can you recognise the bad plants from the good ones? Are you persisting? Do you like camping in a non-luxurious accomodation (your own tent, a hammock or a wooden cabin)? Are you not afraid of tiny bugs (that might sting or bite)? Yes, are you that person? Then this will be the perfect vacation or 'sabattical' for you! You only pay for your own transportation and for the food that doesn't grow in the plantation. I recommend it, I enjoyed it very much and will return there as soon as I can!

While I was there an outdoor bathroom was built, of pallet wood. When that's finished an outdoor kitchen will be made next to it. So the life of the camping guests will become a little better … you won't have to use the bathroom and the kitchen in Aishel's own house, like I did.

Bananas and papayas at Aishel's kunuku

Aishel's nursery
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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the wooden cabin


meeting of (some of) the organic growers


Aishel harvesting pumpkins
 
I will suppress my every urge. But not this shameless plug:
permaculture bootcamp - boots-to-roots
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