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Germinating Seeds and Capturing Rain Water

Project: The Congo Project

Posted by Xavier Fux almost 12 years ago

We planted 27 seed flats with tomato, cabbage, carrot and onion , made a nursery, and installed a rain capturing system!!

We had 3 important tasks to accomplish today:

1. Planting the first seeds in the seedling flats

2. Creating a rainwater capture system

3. Build a nursery

The kick-off today was slow and discouraging... we had the sense the Pygmies weren't grasping the importance of the small steps we've taken so far (composting, building a nursery and seedling flats, etc.) and it seemed they weren't interested in working.

We have to understand the Pygmies had always lived in the bush and seldom had contact with other human beings. Social skills that other people take for granted because we live in a world that revolves around human relationships and communication were completely alien to them until they were forced out of the forest.

After a while though, we managed to gather them around and separate them in two groups: women would work with Mel planting seeds and men would work with Xavi building a rainwater capture system. Another team, led by Jeph the agronomer would build the nursery out of the wood planks we bought yesterday. Once they got to work things ran smoothly... the women finished preparing their seedling flats and placed them in the nursery we built yesterday.

The men dug trenches along the sides of the church roof, leading to a large, 4x4 meter hole where water would be captured with every rainfall. We lined the hole with a thick tarp and had the little children jump in to spread the tarp evenly around the hole... we secured the edges with large rocks and Jeff placed a layer of banana tree trunk at the bottom of the trenches so the water flows directly into the hole.

Mission accomplished!! Now  things will be moving along at the Pygmy village! The three compost beds will be decomposing, the seeds will be germinating and the water will be gathering!!

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