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preparing charcoal

the preparation of charcoal is a five day process that begins by laying the wood into a pre-dug pit, as seen here. The pile is then set on fire, covered with green and brown leaves, then covered in a mound of dirt. The smoke escapes through several holes poked around the dirt mound. As the wood burns, the mound shrinks, and must be continually rebuilt.
A Week at Abundance Farm (aka The Poverty Workshop)

February 23rd 2007
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 more
Central America Caribbean » Nicaragua » Southern Pacific Coast » Diriamba

Nicaraguan Flag The Pacific Coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the fir... ... read more
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