Newsletter #9 June 2011

Greetings friends,

Recently at Tacomepai

After Tacome’s farewell ceremony, work on the farm has commenced, with many hole’s dug, plant’s planted, naps taken and other such tasks.

And to make the work a bit more fun, the constant hot temperatures (May being Pai’s hottest month) has been replaced with unusually rainy weather, so everywhere is looking very green and beautiful (and the vegetable garden is full of weeds…).

We have taken advantage of the early rains to plant out small crops of soybean, peanut and sesame, enough to supply the house and kitchen and ensure we can avoid depending on chemically grown harvests.

Sandot is also using sesame on his rice fields to help prevent the growth of weeds, and provide a green compost for when rice planting time arrives.


Currently at Tacomepai

The second team of willing volunteers from the PaiNai Association have now joined us on the farm; Victor, Flo and Adrian will be with us for the next month and are already stuck into work building another large dam for the new farm project. We hope these dams will now be sufficient to hold water for throughout the dry season, which we can then use for watering trees and plants. This will be especially useful as we still don’t have enough funds to install a water pump. As there is no electrify available on the farm we will need a much more expensive diesel pump, and then water tanks and pipes are also required increasing the cost.

With out continued Permaculture Courses however this money can be raised… and don’t forgot to spread the word – out next course is running from the 17th to the 31st July, lead by the Australian Stephen Thomas.


The Future

Arrivals and Departures

We have three new kittens being extremely cute and terror some.

We have acquired rabbits, although they are fond of escaping and may provide an important source of protein in the future.

Our duck population has exploded with our most recent hatchlings from one mother numbering 20.

Mae Wong has returned! Although strange things have occurred in the forest, as she has returned as a male and about five years younger than when she left. She has been renamed ‘Boy’ and with her newly acquired youth will hopefully prove to be very useful in the rice fields.

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