Last week, on Wednesday I traveled to PEI with Lily to visit Doug Boyd at Belfast Mini Mills in the early part of the day (flax/linen project research) and then to attend the Farmers Helping Farmers AGM in the evening. We had a wonderful day traveling on the ferry
Gikundi and Salome, from Kenya, both work with Farmers Helping Farmers and are here in PEI and NS for 6 weeks (Gikundi) and 6 months (Salome) to learn, share and take home with them what they can to the woman's groups in Kenya.
Wednesday night we arrived home to a family lobster meal that we have once a year with my mom and her husband. It was the first time Gikundi and Salome have ever eaten lobster.
On Thursday they joined in the TapRoot activities preparing the orders and doing the deliveries with Jem. I was thinking it would be interesting for them to experience the back doors of some of the stores here in NS. Jem also took them downtown to see a bit of the city.
On Friday we visited Noggins Corner Farm and then went to see Av Singh at the Centre for Small Scale Agriculture Just US Farm in Grande Pre. We had an informative tour looking at crops and talking about pests.
Saturday we had our TapRoot Pop-up Lunch in support of Farmers Helping Farmers and we raised $700.00 (net). Thank you everyone. We had so much fun surrounded by great people and great food!!
And on Monday after working most of the day, we headed to our friends house on a lake. Gikundi jumped right into the fresh water for the first time ever. It is hard for me to wrap my thoughts around how it must feel to have so little water all of your life and then to travel to a place where there is this big fresh water lake to jump into, and whereever you go the tap will turn on and water will come out. Water usage here is gross in comparison. The bath tub and the shower are both very different than how washing is done at their homes in Kenya. Anyway, he seemed to have a lot of fun in the water and stayed in for a very long time. (I was worried about him getting too cold....but I am told I worry too much)
Today and tomorrow Salome and Gikundi are working with John Lohr (Farmer Johns Herbs) learning about his business model and farm activities.
Thursday and Friday they will be back here with us for the days on the farm at TapRoot where we will work together to create some materials that will hopefully be useful for them back home. We have been talking about some marketing materials that are mostly graphic with very little text so they can tell the story of the womans groups for people who purchase at the markets as a way to possibly connect with customers.
I am feeling so happy to host Gikundi and Salome here at TapRoot. The house if full right now with staff and interns and guests, and kids.....and it feels so alive and enriched with such amazing people and experiences and diversity.
Hey CSA Members, we (we, being all of us) have an amazing farm. We had a few members and friends tour it yesterday during the CSA farm tour day....but please come to the farm before the snow flies....to see and hear and feel and smell the farm where your food is coming from.
Big Hugs from the farm,