After working with Planting Hope all month, it felt like time to do some planting of another kind, so I stopped off to see Finca Bona Fide on the slopes of dormant volcano Maderas (Ometepe) and learn about their permaculture projects.
First up: planting papaya trees in the shade of banano trees in the kitchen graywater pipe network:
Within a year, these young trees will start to produce hideously enormous sicky-sweet papaya fruit for refrescos and ensaladas, helping to clean and save the wash water that flows from the open-air kitchen sinks uphill. Supervising the planting here is Bennett, who was kind enough to show me around & explain the finca’s ecological philosophy & practice during my visit.
Next up: shovelling citrus peels into a big trench and covering them with banano leaves to attract flies to create maggots to feed to chickens:
I like the idea of feeding food to the food of food. Or, to paraphrase a song by Silvio:
“Comprendió que los gusanos / eran los huevos de la futura.”
(“He understood that the maggots / were the eggs of the future”)