Newsletter #4 Aug 2010

The ‘So much is happening that this is a really long newsletter’ Edition

Greetings loved ones,

Has there been something missing in your life? Well here it is, the TacomePai Newsletter!!!

Recently at TacomePai

The beginning of August approached with the sweet serenade of mating frogs. The deep alien like hum that came from the pond each night was quite frightening to some new residents but to most of us, was nothing less than beautiful. We wish their offsprng happy and healthy lives.

Sandots’ new house is slowly being built; it will be 2 story building with a mud structure as the first level and a bamboo top. It should be lovely.

What if I wished to sample the delicious organic food from Tacomepai but didnt have time to stay? A good question you’ve asked and soon will be solved as the dorm room at the front of the farm is currently being transformed into an organic, bambooriffic restaurant. Lu and Cat will be running this project, which will be focused on local organic produce and hopefully be super tasty and amazing. Much effort is also being put into developing the vegetable garden in preparation for the restaurant opening, it’s all very exciting.


With the success of the last community project involving the creation of a permaculture garden in the local village, the local primary school has asked Sandot prepare another similar project to provide an example for their students. We only have a month until the opening night so we have a lot of work ahead of us! If anyone can offer their permaculturist skills or would be interested in teaching English at the school, get in touch as we have a free on site position for anyone wishing to help with this project.

Sandot is also having big success in getting the local village to take more care over the use of plastic bags and creation of rubbish. Setting the example of using baskets rather than disposable plastic, the local shop has now followed suit and is encoraging customers to use plastic bags less.

Even though you all already know about it, we’ll mention it again just to because we love annoying you. The Permaculture Course and Rice Harvest Festival are coming soon so get yourself and all your friends/relatives/colleagues/any one else you might have known at some point, here and join in the fun!

We’d like to give a lovely big thank you to Katie from the USA who has donated $500 to the farm.

Departures and Arrivals

We have said goodbye to Crispy and Bacon and will be welcoming in 2 new piglets shortly. A fresh new pig pen has been built while we await their arrival.

Congratulations and Goodbyes were in order as Mae Wong who finished her field ploughing degree and has been promoted to a forest buffalo. We hope she enjoys her new home until next rice planting season.

Remember to check the website for anymore updates. And before we say goodbye we would like to end this newsletter with a short follow up story to something that was written in the very first newsletter. We hope it touches all your hearts as it has ours.

Five months ago a keen fisherman from York called Johnny Kendal while smoking something questionable looked at Matt the dog and said to himself ‘that dog works too hard, he needs a basket to rest in and by god I’m going to be the man that builds it’. Johnny knew to build a basket big enough for the rotund dog wouldn’t be easy. He enlisted the help of Jo and 3 days later Matt’s Dog basket was complete, unfortunately however Matt wouldn’t get in it no matter how hard he was kicked (we didn’t really kick him). Since then the basket was used to carry compost, mulch and store woodchips in the kitchen where it has now been for over 2 months. One night when the rain was particularity heavy Matt’s eyes scanned the kitchen area to look for somewhere dry to sit as the ground was beginning to flood. All the dry seats were sat on by people so Matt crawled up under the kitchen bench and into the basket of woodchips. Some people say dogs can’t smile; those people are liars because that night Matt smiled. Matt smiled like a mother fucker. He now happily sleeps there most nights. As for Johnny, he is getting married to his beautiful fiancée Aislin this week. We wish them all the best.

Say no to plastic bags!


Love Sandot and friends.

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