A Week at Abundance Farm (aka The Poverty Workshop)

Published: March 5th 2007
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Already the women on the bus had given us a reason to raise our eyebrows ever so slightly about our destination. They seemed to chuckle knowingly when we enthusiastically informed them that we were planning to stay and work Pedro and Yasmina’s “finca organica” for a few weeks. The irony of Abundance Farm’s name, moreover, was apparent from the beginning: after a bumpy, hour long ride dow... Read Full Entry

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grinding corn in the marketgrinding corn in the market
grinding corn in the market

everyday we wanted to make tortillas, but no one seemed to know anything about this bag of cornmeal Jose carried home. Where did it go???
coconut vendorcoconut vendor
coconut vendor

deliciously fresh coconut water at 25 cents a pop--who knows when you'll come acroos a vendor, so we never ever pass up the opportunity!
jose and yacujose and yacu
jose and yacu

yacu really took a liking to 11 year old jose, who always had intersting snacks to share
painitng the fencepainitng the fence
painitng the fence

yacu and lydia get into their morning work
little scrubberlittle scrubber
little scrubber

"they left me with all the dishes again!"
grinding cacaogrinding cacao
grinding cacao

yacu and orit grind a mixture of toasted cacao, cinnamon, and rice for a sweet beverage
chatting with leonidaschatting with leonidas
chatting with leonidas

lycha and leonidas are evangelicos, and leonidas is very fond of reciting biblical parables and narratives about his conversion from the wayward days of dancing, womanizing, and drinking.
just one more bitejust one more bite
just one more bite

as usual, someone trying to plump up yacu
evening on the porchevening on the porch
evening on the porch

Trinity, Yasmina and baby Gloria, Lydia, and Yacu
waterfall of las mercedeswaterfall of las mercedes
waterfall of las mercedes

this waterfall made a refreshing late afternoon shower
the water cart arrives!the water cart arrives!
the water cart arrives!

Yasmina purchased extra water for the guests and young papaya trees
yacu and orit on the porchyacu and orit on the porch
yacu and orit on the porch

all in all, we were quite happy on the farm

13th September 2008

Well, you got to live like a Nica. And you actually paid for this "vacation"?? Congrats. Where is Peter now? http://nicaliving.com/node/13170

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