Statia :: February Report

February 2014, fifth month

vision steveGoats: the new pigs

Since the report of tourists of seeing two goats in the garden during the last week of January, the goats have become residents. The group grew to about 12 during February. LVV didn’t come to the garden to shoot the goats for different reasons. Tourist helped chase out one goat. The fence became a topic for the board and STENAPA staff. Documents about the fence, property boundaries were tabled. Rebuilding the fence is on the EZ budget – approved but still not transferred since September (?) 2013. No other means available to address the issue. LVV made some animal feed and barbed wire available for temporary measures (baiting and improving the most vulnerable spots in the fence). Continue reading “Statia :: February Report”

Statia:: January Report

January 2014, fourth month

Pigs have landed

P1030397During January the issue of controlling pigs came to a head and (tentatively) to a conclusion.
The last remaining smaller piglets still able to get through the fence appeared to be in bad health and distinctly malnourished. A group of four of them was visiting the area around the house daily, getting closer and more intrusive. Raiding the cat food and drinking water, digging up the food forest and veggie patch routinely. After consulting with Steve Piontek I was given permission to take decisive action including killing the piglets if possible. Continue reading “Statia:: January Report”

Statia:: December Report

Better late then never…

December 2013, third month, first quarter

Pigs are flying!

feral pigsDecember brought a turbulent end to 2013 and the first quarter of the Permanaut in Residence programme in the Botanical Garden. It was marked by lots of rain and wind – great for lush corelita growth, and daily pig invasions – not so great for the garden.
Having experienced this much pig activity 24/7 up close and personal its hard not to conclude that the roaming pigs of the neighboring farmer is the single most threatening issue that the garden and its users face. It is a life-threatening issue in the sense that the purpose of the PinR programme is to provide a substantial contribution to the primary needs and livelihoods of the PinR and other STENAPA stakeholders: staff, interns, volunteers, board members and their respective dependent family members. You could say that the purpose of the programme is to emancipate the STENAPA community from the dependency on external funding and resources. That sense and practical application of freedom and independent self-reliance is severely and potentially fatally threatened by the routine incursions of the neighbor’s feral livestock.
BTW other rooming animals like the cattle, sheep and goats are easily deterred by the current fencing, while the chickens are only a minor annoyance. It’s specifically the pigs that are a persistent and substantial problem. Continue reading “Statia:: December Report”

Statia :: November Report

second month of PinR @ botan programme

courtesy of Susanne BollingerKing’s Visit @ museum garden

The botanical garden provided seeds, plants and labour for the (belated) construction of a provisioning garden at the museum’s reconstruction of the slave village to be opened by King Willem Alexander during his visit on 15 November. As we only got involved four weeks before the arrival of the King, the garden was obviously quite immature. Most successful were the peanuts and jute, but even they were still very small since planting only two weeks before the King’s visit. Mr. Hazel was kind enough to provide cuttings of sweet potato, cassava and corn seeds. LVV provided bags of animal manure which contributed to vigorous growth – but less then three weeks is just too short a time to bring any kind of vegetable garden to maturity. Continue reading “Statia :: November Report”

Statia :: Groen & Doen

P1050899Groen en Doen kende een voucher toe aan het trainingsproject in de Botanische Tuinen van STENAPA. Vrijwilligers doen tot april 2014 mee aan een training Permacultuur in natuurbescherming en de openbare ruimte.

De eerste activiteiten vonden plaats in november met introductie sessies in permacultuur en een verkenning van het terrein in de Mirjam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden.

Ze leerden o.a. eenvoudige methodes voor het uitzetten van plantbedden op contour in het nieuwe voedselbos en basisvaardigheden in bouwen met hout.

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Statia :: PinR Vacature

P1050863Vanaf april 2014 is er voor een half jaar een vacature als Permanaut in Residentie op Sint Eustatius. Het is een onbetaalde positie bij een project van Aardwerk in de Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden. Als het wederzijds bevalt kan je elk jaar tot 2016 voor zes maanden meedoen in de rotatie van PinR op Statia (en mogelijk een nieuwe plek in Europees Nederland).

We zijn op zoek naar kandidaten met enige jaren ervaring in permacultuur. Ervaring in de tropen is meegenomen, maar geen voorwaarde.

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