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 :: PinR October Report

P1050800First month of PinR @ botan programme

Started work on monday 7 October after being welcomed by garden intern Susanne Bollinger. Settled in at the new intern house near Smoke Alley and stayed there for about a week.
Taken stock of Aardwerk resources in storage here and there and moved most of it to Botan. Set up “camp” at botan and moved there permanently by the second weekend of October.
Adopted three cats to assist in pest control at the Botan. STENAPA approved support and a small budget for the cats.
First survey of Botan systems (water, power, housing, food). Identified priorities: water & power, renovating Visitor Centre. Continue reading