2006 Tour of Finca
The New Abundance Farm in Las Mercedes
In April of 2006, we decided to relocate to Yasmina's family
homestead. This is what our part looked like after her dad had burnt
the reside from a sorghum planting.
Yasmina measured out a spot and put the neighbors to
work digging the basic foundation. Here is what the house site
looked like after the first day.
Yasmina and Peter were funding and transporting
building materials as fast as possible to beat the rainy season.
Sometimes the progress seemed too slow. Too many
carpenters with hangovers.
We found ourselves bathing in the nearby waterfall to combat the
There is also a swimming hole.
And even a rope swing. Here goes Jose!
Finally we were ready to move in. Leonidas
(Yasmina's Dad) helped.
Everything was packed in sacks, Nicaraguan-style.
Yasmina immediately started hanging the important things
up on the wall.
Peter finally knew it was home when his sofa
We immediately put the neighbors to work on a chicken
coop. This is what they got done. Then (it being a Saturday)
we made the mistake of paying them for the week, and so the next three
days they were just seen stumbling around town drunk. Peter and
Yasmina finshed the chicken coop.
After three days tied up, the chickens rejoiced. (They
now also have a fenced yard outside.)
We often have a hen or two sitting on eggs or caring for
chicks. This one was the best mom you could imagine.
Every day we have lots of eggs. Sometimes we
harvest roosters too.
The rain finally came. We immediately improvised
this water system.
We put ourselves to work building an outdoor storage and
It includes this new kitchen Yasmina is showing off.
Neighbors often come by in the evening to see how we are
When it rained again, we decided to plant yucca.
We brought in the neighbor with his oxen to plow.
Another neighbor, Pablo, cut up yucca into pieces for
planting. Note how the yucca stalks are stored, in the background. During
the dry season, this valuable germplasm material must be watered
Yet another neighbor, Clara, carried the yucca out to
the field, where her children helped plant it. Yasmina supervised
and made juice.
After a few weeks, the yucca started to come up.
We also planted corn, beans, sugar cane, tomatoes,
peppers, soybeans, summer squash and sweet potatoes.
After that, we went to town and sold some
charcoal. Here Peter and Yasmina are packing it in small bags.
We sell the charcoal by the sack (in the background) and
by the bag (in the forground).