Most of our work was done at the vivero or nursery. We had quite a trip up a pretty good mountain that was even higher in elevation. This nursery was developed by all of the communities and Tandana volunteers in order to grow the trees. Matias is the proud manager of the nursery and couldn't wait until we got there.
After receiving an overview of the nursery and the purpose, we went to work. The foundation kind of thought that maybe we would be bored with our work and that it wouldn’t meet our expectations. What they learned was that extension master gardeners don’t mind a little weeding — in fact, we love to weed and work outside.
For us, it was such a pleasure to work in the "garden," something we haven't done in few months. After our morning work session we had a picnic and headed back to the bus. When Hope asked Matias what he thought about our work, she said she didn't need an interpreter. He was so excited and must have said gracias a hundred times and smiled the entire walk up the hill.
On Monday we went to one of communities and visited a school. We worked with 10-11 year olds and planted trees.
This has been one of the most rewarding events of my career.
For more information, go online to www.tandanafoundation.org and click on Partners and Links on the left then click on Ohio State Master Gardeners for my blog from the trip.