Aug 15, 2012
Before arriving Madagascar, my experience with agriculture was limited to begrudgingly weeding my mom's garden. Things have been a little different since moving in with a family whose livelihood, both through personal fields and work with development in rural communities, is completely based on farming. I’ve done my best to jump in head first to this new experience. I’ve planted papayas, tamarins, coconuts, and peanuts, spent days hunched over picking lentils, and shucked peanuts till my fingers bled. It’s been rewarding both because it has helped me feel tied to the land like the community I live with and it has given me dozens of meaningful experiences with my family and friends. It’s a beautiful thing.