The main reason why I'm down in Turks and Caicos right now is to learn how to farm. I've long been passionate about food and nutrition but decided that now is the time to take it to the next level and learn how to grow food. So when I was down here a few months ago, I met a local farmer who graciously agreed to let me work with him for a while if I came back in the fall. And now here I am!
This posting is definitely more of a photo journal than anything else!
I've covered a lot in the first couple of days. First up was a pile of books given to me that I'll be working through over the next few weeks.
There are over 2,000 varieties of palm trees and this farm grows a few of them. A landscaper bought four coconut palms and two royal palms for a project over to the main Island, Provo, so we excavated those trees and loaded them on to a flat bed truck. The truck then went to a barge and over to Provo. To excavate the trees, we cut the roots around the tree and then the flat bed truck crane lifted the trees right out of the ground. The roots don't go very deep due to the rocky terrain they grow on. Two guys wrapped tarps around the roots and tied up the leaves. My job was to cut twine to tie all the leaves together.
One evening we got the Okra fields ready to be planted. Or I should say something more along the lines of...I supervised the Okra fields getting ready to be planted! It's back breaking work mixing up the rocky growing medium. I did help plant though!
Of course harvesting is an important activity too. First I have harvested plums (they are not like Canadian plums) by reaching up and picking them off trees and into my bucket. And then okra by using a knife and cutting the vegetable off.
The vegetables go over to Provo on Tuesday evenings to be sold at the big grocery store, so we also washed them and bagged them to get ready for the ferry.
Fields and crops look a little different to the ones I'm used to in Canada! Here are hot peppers:
The little plants are watermelons and the big ones are bananas:
Irrigation is of course important. I've watered some of the fields and we fixed one drip line that was leaking.
And what farming day would be complete without some animal sightings and guava to snack on?!
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