Field Notes, Photoggling

How to Feed the Future, Pt. 1

Over a month since my grant has been approved and things are now moving forward. Working with these women always brighten my week and instead of writing a detailed post of everything we are doing, since I am photographing everything (as a form of recording), it is easier to just show you.

I. Compost.

Compost was a very easy lesson, since these women already compost as a means of waste disposal. Basically the lesson could be summarized as this: “You know your trash can?” *nods of affirmation* “Well…you can use that as a fertilizer to help enrich the soil! Just take out the plastic bags and throw in some goat poop and voila!”

Below, for your view pleasure, pictures of trash cans, er…I mean compost.

dscn2969

Chez Ladi

dscn2970

Close-up

dscn2972

Chez Hawa

dscn2967

Chez Jeanette

dscn2974

Chez Adama

dscn2973

Jeanette (left) had already shared what she learned at the Gardening training in July with Hawa (right) and so naturally we had to take a picture.

dscn2977

Jeanette with her tomato plants, which finally started really sprouting now that it is dry season. (As it turns out, tomatoes aren’t a fan of all the rain.)

II. Visiting the future garden.

Next we all hiked to visit the site of the future garden; however, after this photo the women decided they wanted to pick their own sites, using their own land. Because dry season is approaching, in order to make watering easier, the women decided they preferred to walk farther to their gardens and have it located near a river than haul a lot of water up to their house everyday.

dscn2981

Hawa, Jeanette, Ladi, and Adama

dscn2983

Hawa’s baby was like this the entire hour we were out there.

dscn2986

The return

III. Watering cans

Locations chosen, the women started preparing the land and then the fun part, handing out all the seeds and the watering cans I purchased with the grant money.

dscn2987

Posing with the watering cans, which the women have all renamed “Mariam” (my village name) in honor of the fact I gave it to them.

dscn2988

Gathering basil seed, from the seeds I gave to Jeanette last spring, for the next year.

IV. Visiting the nurseries

A couple weeks after handing out the seeds and the watering cans, the women went to work. Before Thanksgiving, we then had another meeting to discuss nutrition and played a “healthy plate” game where the women had to create meals that included a protein, a vegetable and starch. At that meeting we discussed any questions and problems these women had in planting their nurseries and we made plans for me to visit each one sometime in the next week.

dscn3008

Adama and Ladi’s nursery. They are currently in the process of constructing a shade for the small plants because the sun is very strong in the afternoon.

dscn3011

Adama and Ladi

dscn3013

Ladi’s sister, Adama, posing with a hoe

dscn3018

Hawa’s garden. Hawa’s family has been helping her with planting and watering and almost created a small field.

dscn3019

Hawa’s daughter watering.

dscn3020

Jeanette and Hawa discussing the shoots

dscn3021

dscn3023

Posing with the nursery

dscn3024

Hawa and her son

dscn3029

Jeanette’s garden

dscn3031

dscn3034

dscn3037

dscn3039

Teaching Olivier, Jeanette’s son, how to take a selfie

dscn3049

Going to the watering hole

dscn3052

dscn3053

Washing at the end of the day. Also those brown things in the water are cassava, which you leave in the water for three days before you wash it, peel it, dry it and then sell it at the market.

dscn3055

Olivier demanded that I film him climbing the log.

dscn3057

The walk home

dscn3058

dscn3059

(They caught me filming them.)

Advertisements
Standard

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s