Renée Portanova

Efforts at the greenhouse show rewards.

By Renée Portanova | October 22, 2004

October 22, 2004   The Planet Drum house had a wonderfully relaxing, sober time at the beach last weekend.  Without sun or alcohol (due to the mayoral election all of Ecuador sustained from serving/selling booze), we spent the majority of our time curled up on hammocks engaging in long reads and stimulating conversations. It was a nice weekend relief. Upon our return, we set out to tend to our […]

Aside from our plants everything is so brown and dry it is frightening.

By Renée Portanova | October 15, 2004

October 15, 2004   We had a great week to be ended by an even better weekend.  The Planet Drum house is heading to the beach for some recreating. I imagine that you are heading back home, finishing up your travels, as we depart for our weekend adventure.  It will be nice to have you back in the home office again. Our spurt of growth at […]

Watering a particularly vulnerable spot, the earth below gave way.

By Renée Portanova | October 1, 2004

October 1, 2004  Monday: The week started off great.  We repaired the fence at Jorge Lomas.  Upon closer examination it seemed the pole snapped at the base. We replaced the pole and tightened the barbed wire.  We also added fallen vegetation around the end points to act as a further deterrent.  It is more secure now than it was originally. The plants that were nibbled are […]

The Amarillo seeds have to be watered for seven consecutive days in order for them to sprout.

By Renée Portanova | September 26, 2004

September 26, 2004   This week we mainly stuck to the basics: watering, sowing seeds and maintenance.  Due to extenuating circumstances (expired visas needing renewal, illness, etc.), we were only two in the field for the majority of the week.  This lessened the opportunity for me to meet with folks regarding recruitment for the Bioregional Education Program.  All the seedbeds at the greenhouse are sown.  We […]

Our path of watering, repair and maintenance.

By Renée Portanova | September 17, 2004

September 17, 2004   The weather has returned to its dry, cloudy self and we have continued on our path of watering, repair and maintenance. We did finally got in touch with the landowner from Guayaquil (Miguel) and sent him a note asking to meet in person and a copy of the contract we have, written from the muncipality, that describes our services.  I hope to meet in […]

The sites are thriving.

By Renée Portanova | September 3, 2004

September 3, 2004  This week’s accomplishments include the usual dry season tasks, watering all the sites and transplanting saplings into larger containers, as well as some extra activities. The greenhouse underwent a little maintenance. Some of the green covering had come loose and needed to be reattached to the frame. It was just general wear and tear that’s to be expected. I assure you that […]