Banana patch ethnogardening

Rainy weather for an outdoor work day in ethnobotany is a blessing and an opportunity to sort out the "ohlen/lien" Pohnpei from a more recent generation that shuns the rain and can be found only in air conditioned rooms with smartphones.

Due to conditions, an opt-out was offered:

The SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany class is meeting at the agriculture area to work in the banana patch Tuesday 18 April at 3:30. The weather conditions are pure Pohnpei. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant you can and should opt out of this session. These are challenging conditions. If you do not have the background to work in the rain, you should opt out. Wet conditions are perhaps the most dangerous for those not accustomed to working in the rain. You will have to decide whether these are conditions in which you can work.

Note that there are also cultural reasons for permitting a student who is pregnant to opt out.

Regina Moya arrived first, here sharpening her knife

Jayleen Rensile swings a machete, although dressed more for a classroom than a field. Austin in the background arrived with Regina at the start of the class

Donovan and Kanoa

Suzanne Joseph was one of the first three to arrive for class.

Rain inveighed against more photographs, so I grabbed a machete and did what little I could to assist with the clean-up. Rain makes one stronger, the sun makes one weaker.

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