Work Ramps Up

By Elliot Blumberg 3 June, 2015

Hard work pays off! The garden is producing more now than ever. Gabriel Salazar prepares bamboo for constructions on staff complex Volunteer Abhijai Mathur -- here for his second year -- works through some bamboo using the skill saw. Leandro pounds the bamboo into place - these walls provide privacy while still letting a breeze through Luis ponders over the final draft of his report - “Selva y humanidad: Historia de las Poblaciones del Valle de Mamoní.” Mel drafts plans for sliding wall panels in Casa Mono Ag intern Nelson Reed is now an expert at machete wrangling Nelson helps Mark harvest bananas The crew works together in the kitchen to make some delicious gnocci Pablo Tocalini working on organizing the house storage for a new season of activity Rachel Worthington researching delicious recipes for lunch :)

We’re elated to report that Centro Mamoní is once again full of enthusiastic and fresh interns, volunteers and staff. The air is abuzz with the sounds of power tools, manual labor and energetic voices. The aroma of freshly cut wood mixes with Kael’s jungle-baked bread to create a satisfying atmosphere.

Abhijai Mathur, a returning volunteer, is working with Earth Train’s staff to complete the newest structural addition to Centro Mamoní. Thanks to his, Leandro’s, Kike's and Gabriel’s hard work, the laundromat and storage portions are near completion, with mounting plans to add staff quarters.

The garden is producing at full capacity, providing us with fresh vegetables for salads, sauces and Mark’s infamous ají chombo picante. Volunteer Nelson Reed and staffer Mark will break ground on our much-anticipated combined rice paddy and aquaculture farm later this month.

Mel Evans, an architecture student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, has taken the reins on Centro Mamoní’s architectural and structural direction - go Mel!

Rachel Worthington and Pablo Tocallini, our newly welcomed co-directors of food production and community development, have launched “Corazones Contentos,” an Earth Train-led coalition to bring sustainable food and protein sources to all schools in the Mamoní Valley, starting with San José.

Luís Bravo, the team’s historian from Mexico, is finishing up a final draft about the recent history of the Mamoní Valley and its residents.

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