We accompanied Laura and Jenny to see the animals in the Selous Game Reserve and to swim in the blue-green Indian Ocean at Zanzibar, but taking them to the Field of Dreams (ten acres of trees we had helped plant) was the greatest experience for Kitty and me.
Mama Miti (the mother of trees) met us at the kibanda (hut) in the Field of Dreams, where she was cooking a chicken for Laura and Jenny in a clay stove. We ate it together, enjoying the Tanzanian cultural practice of serving chicken to welcome visitors, while we shared the experiences and the spirituality of tree planting.
We are experimenting with many ideas in the Field of Dreams. Some have succeeded. There are about 4,500 trees. Some are two feet tall. Some are 20 feet tall. This will be the third year of planting ten acres in sunflowers. The sunflower seeds are squeezed for sunflower cooking oil. Last year we planted passion fruit that produced a supply of juice for the sisters. We will increase the amount of passion fruit this year, as many plants survived the five months of drought. Many of the new passion fruit plants are growing along a 100-foot-long arbor of passion that you can walk through. The entry way is called mlango was paradiso (door of paradise). We do have some fun explaining the name to people who are invited to visit the Field of Dreams and enter the Door of Paradise.
Our newest adventure in the Field of Dreams is beekeeping. We now have six honeybee hives and expect six colonies of bees this year at harvest time. Sr. Tuzinde (the mother of bees) is learning about bees for the first time in Tanzania, and Kitty and I are learning beekeeping at home in Lacey, WA. We sent Sister a bee suit and smoker when we got home. It should be interesting for all of us.
First you have to try something, such as beekeeping. Take a risk. Then you have to do the possible, and the impossible will happen.