Living in the Caribbean has its challenges.
For one thing, there is very little organic produce here. Everything is imported from the US, and we all know what kind of food they produce…
So I decided to grow my own vegetable garden. I happen to have a local friend who is a farmer, and he said that I could grow my own garden on his land.
So I bought a lot of organic seeds that I’ve now planted. So far cilantro, basil, thyme, rosemary, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, beetroots, okra, onions, leek, bell peppers, pumpkin, squash and string beans.
It already exist bread fruit trees, bread nut trees, coconut trees, mango, avocado, lemon trees, lime trees, Mammy apple, cassava roots, plantains and bananas of course, since it’s a banana plantation.
There are a lot of different organic farmers on the island who sell their produce on different weekdays, but it’s a hassle… You never know what you can get.
The first day on the banana plantation I got my own machete. I like to move my body in a natural way, not going to gyms. That is so unnatural and ice cold since people nowadays don’t like to sweat! The AC is on +16°C!! You get stiff as an icicle and your muscles suffer. I’ve tried to do yoga, (boring) ballet gymnastics with the bar, which was very good before the AC went on. So that is unfortunately out of the question too.
But, running up and down steep hills (90° angle) in the jungle, is not only warm, it’s natural! And fun! Twice a week I clear a special kind of grass called Ginny-grass. It can grow very high and you can cut yourself if you don’t wear gloves.
Now after being in the bush for 1,5 months the banana plantation looks like a banana plantation chopping off the old banana leaves and clearing the land. How does it get any better than this? And what else is possible?