Recently western Panama received about a foot of rain in less than week. The land slides were pretty bad in bocas. A lot of relief effort was going on in David so I ended up hanging there to help out.
I got to spend some time with a friend and volunteer from Bocas del Toro. He told me about study had been done on his community found that the only areas still forested were those planted with cacoa. I always wonder in the back of my mind if coffee is really the right answer for our farmers, this seems to suggust that it is in terms of soil conservation and for climate change, it is. The forrest has to be profitable to be conserved. But how can we make this happen? How can coffee and cacoa, and other agro forest products, compete in terms of dollars per year per acre and per hour of the farmer’s work ? It seems that sometimes growing beans, or even corn or renting land out for cattle grazing makes better economic sense.
Saturday reminded me of a quotation from a Steve Job’s speech, that I recommend reading:
The day before yesterday I traveled to a city to see a friend, who ended up flaking on me. However on the bus ride over i bumped into the president of a large coffee group traveling to the same city. Lesson : get out and make the dots.
Also I met a teacher for the agency in charge of adult education here in Panama, and then met his boss the principle of the school. I had met the teacher when I stopped in at my local bar to pick up some beers before heading to my house.
So now we are hoping to get some classes going there at there center on agbiz and coffee reforesting, combining our efforts. Thats getting a beer and going to see a friend who ended up flaking on me will end up in doing more work with agencies.
Below are some pictures, I had written about nano picker roasters, small producers who both pick their own coffee and sell it roasted. Below are attached some pictures of a man named Ernesto. Two friends work with him and one helpped him with his label.
thats what i´ve been thinking about lately
until next time