Feeding Screech and Meeting Tom Rasmussen (SRA)
Nov. 4th, 2011
I tossed and turned all night long last night so I am a little tired today. The timber cutting and building that I did were taxing physically so I am stiff and sore today also. Patrick actually thinks that I am a hard worker.
I helped Bret feed Screech the owl a couple of times today. Yesterday we had to force feed it but today it actually took the meat out of Bret’s fingers. Now the question is, what is Bret going to do with it. I think that Anthony might take it home as a pet. It is a bad omen to have an owl hoot by your house so if it is left here it will probably be killed.
|Tom and Patrick with me discussing the milking goat project in front of our partially constructed goat pen
|Patrick explaining the chicken to garden process to Tom. The hen house is in the background and the garden that receives the chicken fertilizer is in the fore ground. A village women waters the garden by hand.
|Makanzu at his little vegetable shop in Mnzenyeni. With the SRA/Koins gardens the village will soon grow all of their own vegetables.
|Shad explains the dam building process to Tom
I had a good talk with Tom about SRA. They are based on the work of the Benson Institute, helping to teach self relaince in the rural areas. They have only been running for a little over a year but they are making great progress. They have a very good model for helping the people to improve their diets and their health by eating a balanced diet of the locally available vegetables supplemented with eggs and chicken.