Debajo las flores moradas

We walk under these beautiful purple flowers on our way to breakfast at the CATIE cafeteria every morning. This morning, I’m going to bring a purple Purdue t-shirt to our favorite waitress! Hope she likes it!

Yesterday was long and grueling–but productive! After a four-hour heated coffee grower discussion, APOT made some important decisions about how to market their coffee. One thing is for certain, the market space for organic production is not shrinking–it’s growing–and, hopefully so will APOT’s business.

But, today, is a celebration! We’re going to celebrate all the great work that has been done here with each of the three product committees–banana, coffee, and Farmer’s Market–and all the administrative committee organizing that we’ve done to get ready for the next team of Extensionistas in May. After a meeting of the General Assembly and reports from each product committee, we’re going to have a barbeque–Costa-Rica-style!

Hasta pronto!

–Melinda

 

Ninos

Kimberly’s children, Angel (age one) and Dylan (age 6) play with Chico, one of the APOT board members, as their mother makes plans with Emilce, the president of the Junta Directiva (board of directors).

Community Meeting

APOT’s Junta Directiva, Amanda, Jim, Tamara & I, and the local Cabecars meet to see how they can best be served by APOT and also contribute to its organization. As Tamara says: When we’re members of a community, we have both “derechos y deberes (rights and responsibilites).” It’s the balance of both that makes community work.

Cabecar Mural

On the side of one of the school buildings, near the community building where we met, we discovered this beautiful mural (the writing is in the Cabecars’ indigenous language)

Volcano in the Distance

Monday morning when we awoke, the skies had cleared, the sun was out, and the view of the volcano in the distance was stunning

Crossing the Rio Pacuare

We all stopped for a photographic moment crossing the river (that Amanda & I rafted) on our way up the mountain into Grano de Oro to meet with the Cabecars