CA Series Entry 4: Herbicide application

I know what you may be thinking – herbicide application in conservation agriculture? Correct. We are not talking about organic farming. CA allows the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides. What matters in CA is again, precision. In today’s entry, this means, measured dilution of herbicide in water and correct amount of…

CA Series Entry 2: Manual Land Preparation

Actions and necessary tools are based on using readily available and free resources. It would be nice if all farmers had GPS devices – the accuracy would be unreal but the likelihood of that is even more unreal. Even if it were possible, it would not be practical. The best methods use local, cheap (this…

Ghana Get Some Books

English is Ghana’s official language. I have limited exposure in the south but generally, people speak it or understand enough to help us foreigners get by. The north feels like a different place (Tamale aside). I am not so far from my district capital, yet almost no one in my community speaks English and my…

One Year Mark

This week, last year, 28 Americans arrived in Ghana to begin the required training to become PCVs. Today, 24 remain (not too shabby!) scattered throughout the country. But what has happened in between? I can say, refer to my posts of the last year, but that is not enough. Only now that I have a…

Month two: demonstration plot

The demonstration plot is only half way through as PAN53 takes 135-140 days to mature. Now we just wait. All the fertilizers have been applied: -Three applications on the demo side at planting, 4 weeks and 6 weeks. -Two applications on the farmers side, supposed to be at 2 weeks and 6 weeks. And the…

Home

The concept of ‘home’ has been on my mind a lot here in Ghana. COS‘ing PCVs are always planning where to travel before going home. I have had many conversations with PCVs about to go home or just returned from vacation, family weddings, meeting new nieces and nephews, etc. There have been PCVs medically evacuated home…

Week 4: Demo plot

The rains really came. Mid July it rained every day for almost a week and this put a damper (pun intended) on demonstration plot activities. For one, at the Week 2 mark, we were supposed to do the first round of fertilizer application on the farmer plot. Weeds were growing like crazy as we had…

Daa daare

Market Day In my corner of West Mamprusi District, market day happens every three days. It is a traveling market where most vendors hit up other market towns on a rotation. As a village, Macondo itself does not have a market and a lot of our life revolves around market day at our market town…

Site integration aka Site restriction

Up until this point, I felt the need to write about things in chronological order because PST was part of the Peace Corps journey. PST is deliberately set up in that way to ease us into the new culture. I was also behind in keeping people up to speed. Not everyone has Facebook (a good thing)…