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Monday, September 02, 2013
Wow is it really a month ago since I wrote the previous blog; it feels only a week ago.

Thank you to those who have given a response on my writings, good to know people do read my scribbles.

I have been thinking back why the month went so quickly and it was probably because things are more into a routine now, but we have been busy with planting more big orders for organisations like Adra & Red Cross and for plantings  at both farms as there are more requests to supply local shops & eating establishments with Soil Health Pacific’s organic lettuce & Chinese cabbage and other produce. 

 Team Afiamalu planting lettuce. 

Apart from our regular weekly seed planting, Edwin Tamasese has researched some new seed varieties making it very exciting times trying those seed varieties out to see how they like the Samoan climate as many of the seeds where originally not selected for a pacific market. More land on both farms has been cleared to make room for the seed trails and increased plantings, this is not always a fun job on a hot summer day. The big piles of long cut grass are used for making a weekly compost window  Compost building at Tapatatao

This dry season still had some of rainy days and I have used one to do a stock take on all the available seeds for Soil Health Pacific.  Seed collection stock take.

Living on a small island like Samoa makes you aware of things that you do have and are important to you. Especially like Samoa when it is not wealthy in the financial sense. A so called overseas ‘must have item’ is often either hard to find and/or has a high purchase value here and expensive to maintain in a good condition. For example there are not many old cars here because parts are too expensive to send over to Samoa and there is only so much fixing up you can do to make it worthwhile.

Sure there are things that I miss from New Zealand (e.g. pavlova) or the Netherlands (liquorice) but in this climate both wouldn’t last long, so it will not be the same. Therefore I’m better off to make the most all the good stuff I can have here and have something to look forward to for when I’m back in either New Zealand or Netherlands again.

The only overseas product I can think of that doesn’t cost Samoa too much to get here is tourism and for the last couple of weeks it has been in full swing and I hope it will be its money’s worth for everyone. I’m happy that I am not the only ‘palangi’ in the street, getting attention from the street sellers.

Where ever you are in the world good food is important and for me part of getting to know an area is to eat the local food, or in my case also try out new/ local recipes. For a lot of Samoan recipes an oven is needed and recently I have found one that I can work with. So in the weeks to come there will be a catching up on trying out recipes using local produce as much as I can.

Just as well that fruit is getting more available and cheaper (no more WS $30.-/NZ$ 16.- for a local pineapple!) But I have plenty of choice around my own house with lime, mandarin, bananas, pawpaw, soursop, avocado and passionfruit and I also don’t have to travel far for ginger, cinnamon and taro. 

 Paw Paw Tree

That’s me for now, I’m going for a wander and cook up some... More about this next month.
Tofa to you all from Samoa.

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