This week has been a bit chaotic because 3 apprentices who have been here for about 7 or 8 months just left. We were crowded with the overlapping apprentices, and with them packing and celebrating their time in Hawaii, things were a little nuts and way fun. I got some sweet give away clothes out of it, too.
Here is another reason why this farm is a dream come true for me: we have dress up harvest days and dress up potlucks. We have a dress up box. On Sunday night, three of the guys dressed in drag with dresses and wigs. It was amazing. Eventually i'll put up pics.
Emily and I planted coffee trees last Wednesday. We had to move some wooden pallets, and I saw the biggest centipede i've ever seen in my life. Like as thick as my finger! It totally grossed me out, and justifiably so b/c their bites are horrendous.
We checked out some of the nearby thrift stores. I bought this hawaiian print shrug type thing. Em and I tried traditional Hawaiian food--Laulau (a meat like pork seasoned and wrapped in taro leaves and then steamed), this salmon-y tomato salsa stuff, macaroni/potato salad (yep, that's what they normally have with their meals), and we got chocolate haupia cake! yum, cake. we also tried poi, a fermented goo made from the taro root. it's purple and very plain tasting. they eat it with fish and meat usually. Anyway, i was famished so it all tasted very good.
Em and I also tried out riding bikes to get around for the first time. It's a nice way to get around, but a bit scary because the roads are narrow and busy and we don't have helmets. We'll just be really careful.
All is well and Em and I both have avoided bad burns AND farmers tans.