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Shrimping in Ecuador

September 8, 2010

We spent last week at Rio Muchacho, an organic farm on the central coast of Ecuador. They give tours, welcome volunteers and interns, and host Spanish lessons. They also serve awesome fresh, home-grown food three times a day to anyone staying or visiting there. We enjoyed five days of fresh juices, soups, breads, all sorts of salads, fried plantain, ají (pickled hot peppers), empanadas with fresh cheese, etc.

Eggplant slices roasted, then drenched in oil and fresh garlic, prepared by Giorgio were a real treat. He and his wife, now retired, came from Italy to volunteer for a month on the farm. They were excited to learn and to share in the work with the rest of the volunteers, who were mostly in their 20’s.

On another special night we had fresh river shrimp marinated in límon, mustasa, sal, y ajo (lemon, mustard, salt and garlic), then sauteed in oil and eaten whole, heads and all. They were some of the best shrimp we’ve ever had!

Colin and Danielo caught most of them, using a net, directly below the main farmhouse and cabañas. They poked large piles of soft mud, leaves, and sticks or moved rocks while holding the net directly downstream. Jerry caught a few in the same way.

Our catch trying to climb out of the bowl.

Our tours included a horseback ride to see howler monkeys, swimming below a waterfall upriver, and visiting the farm school which has a place-based, sustainability focus to reach the parents in these rural families through their kids. The director told us about the mothers who come to cook lunch at the school, in rotation. They saw how well the school’s banana trees grew with a mound of compost at their base, and took the idea home. Their husbands soon wanted to know how they were able to grow so many bananas in so little space, without buying any fertilizers or pesticides…!

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  1. Faith permalink
    September 28, 2010 2:41 pm

    As you are so enriched by your experience, as you inspire others back home by your experience, know that your presence enriches those you meet as well! It is so exciting to see how the sharing of ideas, good intentions and action has such a ripple effect.
    Thank you for sharing your journey!

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