Picking Corn 2018

In early October, 2018, I helped to pick an acre of corn plus a few roles of alfalfa on a Saturday morning. My host family had a tractor cut down the stalks so we didn’t have to walk through the stalks and weeds; a lot easier than it was last year. It always feels good … More Picking Corn 2018

Views of Early Fall 2018

I met some new animal friends and enjoyed the start of the colors of fall, the pinks, oranges, and golds. I tried a new type of date and discussed dates and figs with Tatiana. She is the curator of the local museum and the mother of my PC work partner, Liliana.

Visit to Eco-Village

On Saturday August 25, I visited one of the most amazing places in Moldova, Eco-Village Moldova. It is a sustainable living and community space. The buildings were created using local materials and the inside walls were painted with mineral paint. Straw was tested against reeds for construction; reeds won as they don’t compress as quickly. … More Visit to Eco-Village

Harvesting Beans

At the beginning of August,  people in the village were harvesting more items for the winter. For my host family, it was beans. The bean plants grow between the rows of corn. I helped collect the plants in one of their fields below their house. The plants are left to dry out and then are beat … More Harvesting Beans

Stefan Voda Wine Tour

My birthday celebrations continued as several other volunteers and I visited several wineries in my raion (District/County) the weekend after my birthday.  Moldova has some of the best wine in the world and we visited two of the best, Pucari and Et Cetera. We stopped by an Italian Pizza resturant (L’angolo Italinano pizza) for probably … More Stefan Voda Wine Tour

Spring Views 4

More Green!! The potatoes, grapes, onions, garlic and beets have turned the brown to green in the gardens.  The cherry trees have fruit and peaches are starting to grow.  Bright yellow squash flowers are showing up and tomato plants now have stick tripods to grow on.   Baby turkeys arrived, nine and counting.