Jun 14 2011
From the very beginning, Providence Day has been dedicated to helping the community and giving back when you receive. Today at Las Cruces we woke up, had a wonderful breakfast and met up with Rodo at around 7:30. He told us that we would be cutting down and pulling out invasive plants such as fittonia and shampoo ginger off of the edges of the trails. Las Cruces has given us delicious food, warm beds, and a beautiful forest so we were happy to get back on the trail and help. Mr. Willard and I both eagerly grabbed machetes provided by Rodo (for the bigger flowers on the shampoo ginger that you couldn’t just pull out) while others took large bags for the fittonia. We all had high spirits and it turned out to be a great way to spend our morning.Here is a before picture of the fittonia…
After our clean up had ended we had a huge chunk of time before and after lunch to work on our major taxa pages and our endangered species project. We all worked really hard but we also found time to look at our favorite comic again, garfield minus garfield. It was a nice break from our usually tight schedule.
In our time before dinner we all got together in the classroom and watched a documentary called Birdsong and Coffee. It was about agroecology and how coffee grown in the shade creates a polyculture environment. The coffee plant’s natural habitat is under a forest canopy and not in direct sunlight. It also talked about the fair trade market which allows the actual farmers of the product get paid a decent amount. It takes out the middle man an allows you to get coffee directly from the farmer. Their company is called Community Agroecology Network or CAN for short. Here is a link to the website if you are interested.
If you are interested in the movie Birdsong and Coffee, here is a link. http://olddogdocumentaries.com/vid_bsc.html
After the movie had ended we had even more down time to work on our projects and journals before dinner. When dinner finally arrived, we had a delicious meal of tuna, cookies, plantains and vegetables. Shortly after finishing dinner we split up and went on a night time frog hunt to help Eric with his taxa project. We only found one frog but a whole lot of spiders. Here is the frog..