Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Getting out into the coffee

The coffee is pretty much ready for full on picking. Goyo, who works part time on our land (he is a permanent employee of Gabriel who sold us the land and used to own the block beside us), has been picking two days now, and we have been out several afternoons to pick for a few hours. At present we have enough for about 15 kilos of roasted coffee either drying on the roof or "fermenting" prior to cleaning and drying. We will probably have time and energy to produce between 60 and 90 kilos of roasted bean this year. Next week Gabriel will bring a group of 5 or 6 pickers out to go through the land and do the main pick.

We have a deal with our neighbour, who now owns the block that Gabriel played on for a year. We paid Goyo to clear the land in return for the coffee crop. The deal with the pickers is "half and half". They keep half of what they pick and sell it at the markets. We get the other half. Depending on how much that works out to be -- and it should be plenty -- we will either process the lot or will sell some and process as much as we possibly can. Because there is house painting and other routine maintenance to do, plus a bit (the absolute minimum) of academic stuff to stay in touch with, we can't spend as much time on the coffee as it deserves. But we'll be giving it the best shot we can because it is the best harvest we have had since getting the land. The beans look beautiful and we'll have enough for doing roasts of different kinds -- light, medium roast, dark, and points between.

The Flip took a few frames of the approach to our land. We'll have to edit the clip pretty severely to get good quality material for this year's coffee music video, but the "raw" clip on youtube gives a sense of how the approach to our land is looking just now. The entrada clip starts out over the land where the goat farm is and takes a quick sweep across the front part of our place, where you can just pick out the wee workshop/stoolshed/storage room and the white open-sided kitchen. It pans round to where Gabriel has planted a nice little reserve area (where one of the wells is), and then takes a look at the sky and some of the trees on ours and a neighbour's land, and then finishes up back at the buildings. We'll present a few clips of the land over the next few posts, depending on our capacity to get the up on the wire.

Meanwhile, Happy New Year, and let's hope that 2009 is at least a bit easier than 2008 has been,

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Coatepec Christmas in a few frames

Among the goodies under the tree this morning was a lovely wee 60 minute Mino Flip micro video camcorder. The sound of mariachis in the street took me running to the balcony window with the Flip to see what it could get in a wholly impromptu moment.

I caught the parade of people from our street who were heading to Christmas day mass. One of the neighbours had hired the mariachis to call people to mass. It definitely made a change from church bells.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chinese Edition of "A Handbook for Teacher Research"

We have received the welcome news that the Chinese language edition of our Handbook for Teacher Research has been published and is getting out and about. The bibliographic entry warms our hearts:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vale Joe Kincheloe

We have received very sad news that Joe Kincheloe has died suddenly in Kingston, Jamaica, in the evening of December 19.

Joe was a leading advocate and champion of work in the area of critical pedagogy, and his untimely death at 58 years will leave a huge gap in this field and in the lives of his familym and his many friends and colleagues.

He co-edited the landmark "Counterpoint" series for Peter Lang Publishing, among many other editorial projects, and wrote extensively in critical pedagogy, critical theory, teacher research, media studies, educational psychology and cognition, history of education, among other fields of inquiry.

He will be greatly missed. Vale Joe Kincheloe.

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