So, this is a good time to reflect on the past 3 months or so, and also to express our appreciation for all the friends, family, guests, visitors, volunteers and interns that have shared this time with us at FRP. Muchas gracias!!!
In particular, we want to thank our good friend (nuestra amigo y haver tov) Ami Greener, of Caribbean Experience for helping us in the marketing of FRP (including the FRP website design and maintenance) and for providing a personal touch for guests and for volunteers and interns too. We really appreciate Ami's dedication and enthusiasm and friendship.
We also want to say thanks to our summer interns Rick and Mike who helped us with receiving guests and also helped us with the farm work at FRP. Both Rick and Mike have left FRP for their respective "greener pastures" ... Their presence at FRP over the summer months was a key to our ability to open many gates of opportunity to guests and visitors, and volunteers. They also helped us with gardening and the greenhouse and the chickens. Muchas gracias.
One of the things that we learned over the summer months is that Efrain and Vivian, and our other Tico staff and workers are becoming more and more empowered and taking ownership of our vision and path toward a self-sufficient sustainable community based on the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture. This is really a great achievement for FRP ... that we can more and more look inward for our strengths, rather than assume that outside consultants and "experts" can lead the way. The hiring of Roger (Vivian's bother) and increased contract work with Vivian's father Juan (including training our new work-oxen), and hiring (actually re-hiring) of Esteban who lives in La Perla has solidified the local Tico personality of Finca Rio Perla ... That is, more and more, Paul's guiding visions based on his international experiences are being filtered and applied to the Tico context. We call it "Tico Fusion" ... jajajajaja
But, joking aside, Efrain and Vivian and the others are becoming more and more empowered to take the lead in decisions regarding production and marketing and are continually expanding and augmenting their skills and taking the initiative to make decisions ... based on what they think that Paul would decide to do in a certain situation. See the video clip with the interview by Vayable on the home page of ths website for an example.
This is real "development", bottom-up sustainable human development ... POWER TO THE PEOPLE ... POWER TO THE PEOPLE RGHT ON ... Pura Vida, Dr. Paulo