Ethnogardening clean-up in the rain: role call

A tropical wave in the tropical trough having stalled on top of Pohnpei since the weekend, Thursday was wet, rainy, and if anything colder than Tuesday. Perfect weather for whacking weeds in the garden with a machete. There is a mathematical function wherein the shorter the duration until the end of the term, the higher the attendance in a class. Where nine were absent on the optional Tuesday, only four missed Thursday although the conditions were the same or slightly chillier. Each day that passes without sunshine, the island cools down a little more.

Unable to take a paper based role, I took a photographic role call.

Francina. Macaranga carolinensis on the left in the background

Kanoa. Gardenia jasminoides on the right side of the frame.

Jaynard and Jayleen Rensile

Nagsia and Austin

Regina Moya under the Senna alata

Heather. Behind her a sea of Ischaemum polystachyum.

Junida cleans in amongst the Saccharum spontaneum

Alexander between the Cymbopogon citratus and the Senna alata

Suzanne also working on the Saccharum spontaneum

AJ, Kun Junior, and Alson. AJ has a piece of Cymbopogon citratus in his hand. They are at the edge of a small cliff, Jun is holding the top of a Macaranga carolinensis tree. The base of the tree is at the bottom of the cliff. The Ischaemum polystachyum in the background is about thirty feet down.

Senna alata, Cymbopogon citratus in the foreground. Suzanne, Sonya.

Donovan and Franky open a path to the garden through the Ischaemum polystachyum and Merremia peltata


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