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The highlight of the week was teaching a gardening class to about 50 members of the Santo Domingo Stake. We have been preparing for this for quite a while by collecting the materials recommended by the Dominican Ministry of Agriculture. We invited them to come teach and they had agreed to come teach, but it never materialized so we did our best.
Wallace felt very inadequate teaching the class given he still hasn’t personally experienced much success in growing a garden here. Everything is different. The natural ground here in Santo Domingo is either coral rock or VERY heavy clay that is difficult to deal with. We ended trying to put together a grow box using the instructions we learned from the Ministry of Agriculture, but still haven’t had much success.
It is very difficult finding seeds here! We are going to have to order from the states.
We showed a short video we got from the Ministry of Agriculture and a short video we had made showing a wide variety of types of gardens a person can install. We gave out seeds and everyone had personal hands-on experience preparing artificial soil and planting a few seeds. We had a great time. Here are a few pictures from the class.
Wallace can't talk without his hands
Edith at one of our project closings.
Edith hard at work at home.
We ended the week visiting with the San Juan 1 Branch Council about the food project.