Newsletter #7 Feb 2011

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The ‘Quite a lot has been happening recetly’ Edition

Greetings loved ones,

First off, before we get into the boring bit we would like to declare the dates for our third permaculture course as officially decided! We’ll be having the course from the 17th to the 31st of July, so please spread the word, and if you can come and join us. All profits will go towards developing Sandot’s second farm project (and not towards buying an inflatable slide for the swimming pool, although that would be really fun..)

Recently at Tacomepai.

As always there has been lots of exciting stuff happening here at Tacomepai, not least of all the completion of our second permaculture course, taught by the wonderful Christian Shearer of the Panya Project. All our thanks go to Christian and the students for helping to support Tacomepai as an Education centre and for being generally lovely and wonderful to have around on the farm. The students also helped towards creating a design for Lu and Cat’s farm which they hope to start work on in the next few months (any interested volunteers or generous, wealthy people who enjoy giving away free money, please get in touch).

We would also like to declare all our love and thanks to Osiris Weiland who dedicated his time on the farm to sit at his computer and create an information database for the tree species at Tacomepai. The information that has already been completed is now on display on trees throughout the farm, but there are still many species to be researched and recorded. Osi has therefore created a Wikispace for any other good, kind-hearted folk to contribute to the database, and also allow everyone to access the information www.tacomepai.wikispaces.com

During the rainy season just passed Sandot has experimented planting dry rice instead of the flooded rice that is usually planted in the area. Unfortuanly however, yields of the dry rice were very low, as it is adapted to grow in higher altitude up in the mountains. We think however?????

Currently at Tacomepai

 

17 Thai college students have come up to visit Tacomepai from Bangkok, and have been set hard to work building a dam in the forest to protect the water supply at Sandot’s new farm. We now have 15completed dams?? Along the Mae ?? river that connects the forest to Sandot’s and other surrounding farmland. We hope these will be effective in slowing the passage of water through the area, so a stable year round water supply can be achieved.

Rubbish/trash continues to be an issue for our village with poor communication, government responsibility and environmental consideration. Tacomepai has therefore decided to strengthen our policy of no plastic on the farm, with guests encouraged to use bamboo baskets whenever they go to the market, and recycle and reuse as much as possible.

We are excitied to accounce the very near completion of our sauna! The initial idea was brought about by Will, David and Shelly, to capture the heat generated from the charcoal oven by building a mud hut directly above the oven. Testing is still to be completed…

The kindhearted Paul from Austraila has installed a waste water system for the shower by the workshop. By collecting the shower waste water using lots of sand underlayed with plastic sheeting, he has been able to direct the water through piping and slowly filter into an area planted up with bananas, ginger and lemongrass. Using such techniques, grey water can be used for multiple functions, reducing waste and hlping to keep the farm green and beautiful all year.

The Future

Arrivals and Departures

 

The PaiNai association has successfully transported three willing volunteers from the distant land of France to Tacomepai. They are currently getting involved in farm life and will be ???

Silvias three puppies (Bobby, Floppy and Kwenny) have been adopted by Cat and Lu, they all seem very happy.

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