It’s been raining a lot here the past few days.  Of course, one would expect rain in a forest with rain in its name.  but this weekend, it was especially torrential.  The waterfall next to my house has grown at least tenfold.  As i mentioned in previous journal entries, it is usually tranquil enough to sit and bathe.

When the rain stops, and the clouds clear, however, I am blessed with mountain vistas and sunsets that make me wish I had a paintbrush.  My camera will never do them justice.

As you can imagine, it can be difficult to stay on task at the farm with all that goes on around me.

Regardless, I’ve been continuing the task of removing broca from the coffee trees, while the other workers trim trees around the farm and spread fertilizer.

While shade is preferable for the coffee, trimming back the branches of some of the shade trees helps the coffee get just the right amount of sunlight.  I suppose  you could say that there’s a goldilocks range of sunlight for coffee, and the intention is for the porridge to be just right.

The wood that they cut down is either used to erect fense posts around the new additions to the coffee museum, or it goes to the local community for firewood.  This farm appears to be very good at letting nothing go to waste.  For example, the 100 lb. vinyl bags are used for everything:  fertilizer comes in some, green coffee beans are exported in others, and leftovers are used for various jobs, such as broca prevention.  i use a small bag made from leftover fertilizer bag to hold all the dried coffee cherries that i’ve picked from the trees.

One of the days this week, since a couple of the other guys were fertilizing near the section I was originally working on, I moved a little further away to work.  When I continued this way, I ended up going back over some of the trees I had pursued on my first day.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to recheck my work now that I’ve gotten better at it.  I either missed a lot the first time around or broca spreads incredibly quick.  Clearly this is a job that needs to be done frequently and thoughtfully.

I happen to be eliminating broca near the nursery I was working in before, so I took the chance to check up on the seedlings.  They are coming along nicely and luckily, the weeds haven’t come back as quickly as the coffee borer.

It was also nice to see that the Cacao we planted at the beginning of my time here has begun to sprout!  It looks nearly identical to coffee seedlings that have reached the matchstick phase.