SOILHaiti 20 May 2013

Good Compost and Beautiful Gardens Make Good Neighbors!

Last Tuesday, we had a visit from our neighbors--all 14 of them. They wanted to know who we were, what we did, and why we were doing it. Our inquisitive neighbors were from nearby Harmony House orphanage and they ranged in age from 7 to 17 years of age. They quickly declared that they were particularly fond of our compost.

They told us of their previously unsuccessful efforts to transform food scrap into composts. So when we told them of our success with transforming human waste into compost, they were all ears!

What more, it was a field day in the back yard with our ducklings, Claude and Claudette. The curved paths of our chinampa inspired garden filled with an assorted mix of herbs, vegetables, and trees kept their eyes lit with excitement.

The next day, we received a set of 10 thank you cards. Our new friends wanted to express their gratitude. One note read, " Thank you for showing us so much about compost and the garden yesterday. I would like to make compost and a garden like your garden in our backyard."

It has been a pleasant experience getting to know our neighbors, and even more pleasant to find that good compost in a beautiful garden makes good neighbors.

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