Saturday, January 25, 2020
We just never know what we will see...
Ian and I love walking around the farm. It is a good way to really see what is happening, what needs to happen and what shouldn’t be happening. Today we walked 5.3 miles, up and down mountain roads and paths and it was simply incredible all that we saw!
First, the worm pit tarp has been installed, and we are now composting into the worm pit! This is a really big deal (you can read about it in the Jan 4th blog https://janinemaxwell.blogspot.com/2020/01/whats-up.html). Our papayas have gone crazy and each tree is heavily laden with huge papaya fruit! Thank you to everyone who bought trees last year – we will be harvesting soon and delivering to the children’s campus!
As we walked past the beef cattle and the hundreds of goats (and the cutest babies!) we came upon a cow giving birth! There was our dairy guy pulling the legs of a calf out of the mother’s womb, and then there he was! I’m sure the readers who are farmers are laughing at me, or rolling their eyes, but this was a big deal and it was really cool to witness. The calf was pulled under the fence and the mother lead around to start cleaning him and trying to get him to stand up. New life is always a good thing on a farm, and I was thankful that we got to witness it.
Then we went down to our dragon fruit field where there are hundreds of flowers on the cacti that will provide delicious and highly nutritious fruit in the months to come. On to the fields we passed tens of thousands of beetroot seedlings that had been planted last week and are in a crop rotation every six weeks.
Everywhere we walk there are wild flowers growing, and each one is so unique we often stop and just stand in awe of God’s creativity. As we walked through the Primary school property we saw another kind of creativity on the walls of the new 3rd and 4th grade classrooms! The kids had drawn life size chalk drawings of themselves on the concrete block! It was so unexpected and just so very sweet, we had to go in and take photos of it. Our children are SO creative and encouraged to be that way by our teaching staff.
We are building a stadium style fire pit behind the boys E4 dorm, that will lead to many fun nights of games, storytelling and fireside chats. And the stairs from E5 down to E3 were started and finished this week! All in all, things are hopping around Project Canaan!
Live from Eswatini … we had a GREAT Saturday morning.