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Celebrating the Humble Harvests of High Desert Homesteading

Chile shakes

Back on Terra Firma after 18 days in Chile.  Deeply thankful for solid ground, but really we were not even rocked by the earth quake until we started seeing some of the aftermath on our way out.  Santiago lost many over passes and the airport was pretty shaken.  As you probably are aware it was Conception, a coastal town that was severely affected by the quake as well as the tsunami. It is the people there who really need aid, support, prayers and support.   Any support people can afford, even if it is only space in you hearts and minds for these people would be helpful.

As far as countries go, Chile is well prepared for shakes being a country that is so young and geologically active, as well as economically developed.  This quake was not the strongest they have seen in the past 100 years, in fact it is one of many serious shakes.  One the up side, because of it’s youth and activity, Chile is one of the most beautiful places I have been.  It is well endowed with a bountiful central valley that provides many of us with our winter vitamins through fruits and veggies, as well as the sever Andes, rushing rivers, and dense forests.  There is a lot to be said about Chile, the gardens, the wines, the culture, the beauty, and of course the tectonics.  I will attempt to write a bit on it all, but for those of you who were worried, we are ok, happy to have been able to be there and happy to be home, but please do lend a part of your abundant lives to all those who need help right now.

We went there in the first place because my husband had a job helping to create a sustainable farm plan for a family farm in central Chile.  It has been in the family for generations and currently in transition from grandparents to grandchildren.  With that pass over many questions, issues and new ideas arise.  Joel’s job was to guide that process as much as to help them think through what the land needed, wanted and was capable of.  I luckily got to tag along, knit almost an entire sweater on a sunny porch, go horse back riding through rolling sheep pastures, and tour the veggie patch of one of the shepard’s wife.  

We then went down south to a tremendously beautiful valley called Vodudahue in the Pumalin Park in Northern Patagonia.  In the following days I will write about some amazing gardens I saw there and was inspired by.

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