Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Greetings from the Dominican Republic...


Sharon and I are currently on a 2 week agricultural mission, working with farmers in rural areas of the DR. It’s been a great experience so far and we have seen some pretty incredible sights. This week we are in the Eastern part of the DR (near Haiti) in the town of Constanza. It is high in the mountains and when the clouds roll in it creates a surreal landscape. Traveling the mountain roads at 50-60 mph – dodging livestock and motorcycles – has taken a few good years off my life but so far no fatalities. 

The volume of produce grown in Constanza  is unbelievable. We’ve seen acres and acres (or should I say Hectares) of garlic, potatoes, onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and much more. Also – greenhouse grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers.  Most of this produce goes to the East coast of the US and of course some stays in the DR for local consumption. It is the perfect place to grow vegetables and they do a great job – with just a few problems. That’s why we are here…


Next week we’re off to another area of the DR to work with women farmers growing greenhouse vegetables. More later…

Lots of beautiful places here in the DR...

2 comments:

David said...

Looks like paradise! Does it get cool at night in the mountains? If so, they've got Houston beat as far as weather is concerned.
I dream of places like this.
david/:-)

Galveston Gardening said...

Warm - hot during the day. Cool in the evenings. Perfect for growing all kinds of veggies.

Humidity is high but not like Houston/Galveston.

In the winter months it can get cold enough to freeze the pipes.

It is an excellent plant growing environment for sure. But - we'll be ready to return home by the end of next week. Thanks, D