It's been admittedly hard to keep up with the web site without home internet service. The snag every month is that the installation fee is so high, so we've been patiently waiting for things to align. Thank you for understanding our hiccups in communication!
In the mean time we have sure been busy! We finished out 2019 at Mary Hill School's food forest garden beginnings with two completed beds sprouting away with beans and potatoes and more. The kids have been making and gathering Ecobricks for the next phase of our project, where we will make an educational "station" in the garden classroom. The fantastic Jill Harmon of Corozal donated both the requested books, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and On Beyond Zebra, and EJ and I are very excited to be getting to read and discuss those in the classroom this January. Our JICA partner, Ryoya is getting ready to paint garden signs with Standard 3, and Standard 4 is designing the outdoor classroom with us.
Ryoya is also teaming up with us at another school, St. Pauls by the Sea. Our beloved Nancy, the Principal of the school, is a wonderfully exciting person to work around and we're eager to establish some passive, vertical gardening concepts for their space-challenged school. St. Paul's feeds lunch to roughly 30 students every month who cannot afford to supply their own. They also provide other snacks and of course school materials as needed, and are always looking for new fundraising opportunities, or ways to minimize their expenses. We've been working to establish a set of vertical gardens that grow an abundance of food throughout the year while minimizing their financial output for food expense, provide shade for the playground, and fulfill their ongoing efforts to instill recycling practices and creative problem solving in their scholastic environment. We're very excited to be working on this project with them!
The farm has been alive with so many vast forms of life I couldn't begin to list them all. We've enjoyed so much tropical fruit - as this farm was established about 5 years ago and is planted with more than 60 types of fruit - we get to enjoy plenty!
The butterflies, other insects, reptiles, birds and mammals that entertain our days at home are an utter joy. Our youngest dog, Tidbit, has found herself the best friend of our kitten, Shadow, which EJ received into our family as a gift for his birthday from a local friend. The two of them romp and chase, gnaw on one another and play hide and seek in the grass. Pretty sure Shadow is teaching Tid how to crouch and prowl hahaha. It's beautiful to watch their friendship unfold. EJ and I are going to start on a minor firepit for evening enjoyment and to watch those spectacular tropical sunsets from our driveway. We've been creating shelves and getting organized so that we may start teaching classes here at the farm. Our next class will be the Plastic Bag and Bottle String making, and how to build a machine from dump finds, that spins the plastic string into rope. The locals are very eager for it and I'm excited to be getting our machine better established before we teach the class.
I am also in the works on a proposal to the villagers of Chunox which would ask for local support in requesting that Coca-cola choose Chunox to install their fountain machines instead of supplying bottles that they are not responsibly retrieving after use. We'd love to see far less Coke slogans in our dumps and on our roadways/waters/jungle paths. We're always looking for help in writing such proposals, because we absolutely believe we need all the minds we can get on these efforts!
In order to operate here we do not charge locals for classes, but rather rely on our ability to sell/trade foods/crafts/body work services, and donations from our amaing supporters. Remember the the more support we get from you, the more days EJ and I get to spend on our projects and sharing this knowledge! Less stress about making sure we are able to pay our immigration fees each month, or better access to internet, means we can maintain our level of commitment to our work and these passionate plea's for a more sustainable present and a more balanced future. If you are able, we would appreciate any financial support you can offer, either on a monthly basis through www.Patreon.com/ZebraRemedies
or a single donation via: paypal.me/zebraremedies
Continue down paths that seek to balance the world in the here and now. We're honored to walk beside you in this journey.
" There's no end to the thing's you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go." ~ Dr. Seuss