More trees planted

Weather has been bringing rain; perfect time to plant some trees!

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Trunk full of things to plant!

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6 pieces of “Barako” liberica coffee seedlings and 2 saplings of arabica coffee

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A dwarf “Betel Nut” Areca palm planted along the fence

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First grafted rambutan seedling, planted under a coconut tree

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The second grafted Rambutan seedling was planted at the front border in between the Heliconias

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The third grafted Rambutan seedling was planted at the fruit forest which I’m building at the back-portion of the lot.

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This is a Chico tree planted at the fruit forest. Chico is one of my favorite fruits!

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An Arabica coffee seedling planted along the fence

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My second arabica coffee seedling joins the mix in the fruit forest

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A four-foot tall Marang tree planted in the fruit forest. It’s fruit tastes like a cross of Custard Apple, Guyabano, Jackfruit and a little Durian!

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to the left is my friend from Brazil, an Açaí palm tree, growing to its right is a cacao tree (Trinitario variety from Davao) planted a few months ago

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A row of “Barako” liberica coffee seedling planted in the front portion of the plot

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A lone “Barako” liberica coffee seedling adds diversity to the fruit forest

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This grafted Cacao tree (Trinitario variety from Davao) was planted a few months ago. It is being eaten-up by termites.

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View from the hill where my fruit forest stands. This was taken at around 6pm

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My neighbor, Mang Joel, gave me a live chicken! He told me to eat it!

Birthday Dream

It was my birthday!

I spent the afternoon at my weekend farm with a few friends, Kiko and Teban. A few months ago it was their first time to visit my weekend farm. At that time, our shelter was very crude; a ground sheet and a shade cloth tied to the bushes. I told them I wanted to spend my birthday here. I imagined my friends sprawled across my weekend farm enjoying barbecue and beer next to a large inflatable pool! That didn’t happen, I brought take-out barbecue and beer. We stayed inside the kubo (bamboo house).

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spent the afternoon admiring what’s around, inside a more comfortable hut with beer and food

When I started this, I just wanted my weekend farm to exist. I did not know how to progress. But slowly as I committed more time and energy I’ve discovered and realized possibilities and opportunities along the way.

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I will be planting more cacao trees for next year. I’m drawn to discovering and learning more about these trees

It has been a year of sharing this personal endeavor to friends and to people I meet. I have found it delightful to share my experiences and discoveries! I share that, for as long as one follows their heart, the universe will conspire to make things possible. I do not see this as a “passion project,” I see this as a personal pursuit! Progress and growth entails more than just passion, it requires commitment especially at times when resources become limited.

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The moon appearing as the sun begins to set

I spent the afternoon inside my kubo for my birthday. Before sunset, I planted two cacao trees. For the first time, I watched the sky change colors as the sun set on my weekend farm, and I have never been more excited to continue coming back.

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I have never seen my weekend farm look like this