Today I took Jorge’s, the eldest son’s, place out in the fields chopping. He is finishing up university out of town on the weekends, and since we work on Saturdays it was the perfect opportunity for me to go out to the field to work. Even though I have been out many times before and enjoy the work, the family is not used to girls doing this sort of work.
Today, this is what we did…
Later that day Juan Luis told me about his childhood here in Mastatal. His family has been farming on this very same land for nearly 50 years. They have grown corn, beans, rice, bananas, plantains, cacao, tempate (for biodiesel) and pineapple, rotating and resting the land in between. Right now they are growing tempate (for the first time through a cooperative), beans (for the family to eat), cacao (to sell), bananas and plantains (for the family).
Right now the bananas are doing really well, so I suggested we sell them to another farm with volunteers (rancho Mastatal), they don’t have any. We’ll see what price we get…a whole bunch of about 80 goes for just $2 or $3!!!! Not worth it… I’m going to try to pull out my sales skills to up the price a bit. At least $5. Now I know the challenges of growing bananas and I will cherish every banana I get to enjoy here at La Iguana. I eat them about 3 times a day! And no they do not make you gain weight (mom!). I suppose if you go out to chop with machetes and eat bananas it’s hard to gain weight anyway… In any case, I’ve never eaten such delicious bananas in my life!