Building and Daniel’s Farm!

Today we went to the Chilamate School and painted bathrooms there. We painted with all different colors including white and red. We had four stations there one was painting the bathrooms, painting the fence, talking and playing with the kids there, and help clean the playground. We had some free time and played with the kids. I thought painting and helping with the school and hope we go back there again! By Andrew

Then we went to a local organic farm run by a man named Daniel. When we first got to the farm we ate a delicious lunch. Next we made compost out of many things. We then learned about how he gets energy for his house without using electricity. Next we learned about how he grew vanilla and how long it took to grow and how much he sold it for. Lastly we went back up to where we ate lunch and had fruit juice and snacks and Daniel told us a very interesting story about his life. My experience at the farm was very fun. By Carter

At Daniel’s farm Daniel told us his life story. His story started at 1999. He worked for a company that tore down trees to make farms. He hated tearing down the trees but he had to, because he needed the money to feed his family. The company used Fertilizer to genetically engineer the plants to make them grow faster. Sadly when the fertilizer entered water, the water became poisonous. This killed thousands of animals even dogs.

One day when Daniel went to bulldoze a tree he saw a family of monkeys. The baby was holding his hand out as if telling them to stop. This was too much for Daniel. He turned the bulldozer off and walked away. His boss forced him and threatened to fire him. So he had to tear down the tree. When Daniel saw the monkeys he saw the dead baby still had his hand up. Then Daniel decided to grow only organic crops. It took 18 years and lots of humiliation, and little money to become a certified organic farmer. His seven helpers all died because of the chemicals that they breathed. Daniel is still effected by partial loss of vision, partial loss of hearing, and has had a few strokes. The companies who use these fertilizers include Dole and Chiquita. By Peter

 

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