Greetings from the steamy rainforest of the Congo River Basin! Our little family has been working in the Congo during our fall/winter off-seasons for the past four years. This year for a variety of reasons, we decided to spend the spring here as well. We have been in the Congo since the beginning of March and will return to the States on June 1 for the summer.
There are a number of ways in which we have had the opportunity to serve here in the D.R. Congo. We are involved in training Congolese nurses in primary dental care, as there has been a tremendous need in this area. Luke works with a team of national and international volunteers in providing training in accessible preventive, restorative, and extraction care for local healthcare professionals. These therapists in turn coordinate with the local government health system and provide service via mobile dental clinics at hospitals and village health centers in the Kisangani area. We have coordinated training for 15 dental therapists and will be starting another class soon.
We volunteer with Congo Frontline Missions, a training school and supporting ministry of the the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We are also working with the local church in improving access to quality primary school education in North Central Congo.
To support our family ministry directly, you can donate to our PayPal account. Tax deductible donations via check or credit card can be made through Outpost Centers International. Please indicate Congo Frontline Missions dental training in the memo line. For those who may like to donate tools, equipment or personal expertise, please email us regarding needs and opportunities.
See more photos of our journey on our Instagram page.
From a quick review of our website blog. It looks like we only posted once last spring. I guess that tells you something about how busy life gets once harvest season starts! We are going to try to do a bit better this season.
We are back at it after a fall and winter off. Chantee and I returned a few weeks ago from a 5 month trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And we are home with a baby on board! (not born yet). We are waiting until approximately May 8 and peak asparagus season for that :)
It is cold outside, but we have the heat mats full of sprouting seeds and baby plants. We are also gearing up for an early planting season with a new caterpillar tunnel. Another one will go up in the next few weeks. They are a lower cost solution for season extension than traditional high tunnels and greenhouses. We are hoping to have a greater variety of produce earlier this year. Other new items for this season: Strawberries! Last fall, we put in 1000 strawberry plants for our CSA members! We are looking forward to a good season. CSA Registration is now open! Sign up early!
For those of you that are interested in our day to day and week to week farm happenings, we will be posting regularly on Instagram (follow us by our user name: Fishersproduce and #fishersproduce) We also have a log of pictures from our mission work in the Congo on Instagram as well. For more stories from the Congo, we posted several on our personal blog site.
Luke & Chantee
The little green heads are pushing up through the dirt, and my heart is smiling. I love working with living things, from the sturdy little tomato seedlings to the bottle-fed lambs that follow my footsteps all over the farm!
As the days grow longer and the plants grow taller, we look forward to (soon) providing fresh produce for your tables once more. In the meanwhile, enjoy the pictures of the progress. :) More pictures can be viewed at our personal blog.
I treasure this simple life, which brings us closer together and closer to God.
“And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest.” Psalm 107:37
We moved the high-tunnel off the early salad greens and onto the early tomato patch this last week. Here are a few pictures. Other items in the news: Asparagus season has started, and if you haven't signed up for our CSA, now is a good time! We will be delivering to Bristow, Tulsa, Okmulgee, and Stroud weekly starting the first week of April.
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The seeds are getting big and ready for transplanting into the garden. Going in the ground this week will be cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choi and lettuce.
It's a salad in the making and so we would like to share a favorite salad dressing we enjoy at the Fisher family dinner table. This tofu salad dressing is delightful on whatever lettuce salad the season brings you.
Tofu Salad Dressing
1/4 cup Oil
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 14oz package Firm Tofu, cubed
Mix ingredients together and let it marinate in the fridge overnight or at least a few hours before adding to your favorite salad.
Sign up now for the CSA to ensure you have an excellent salad spring this year! Click here for more information.
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22
The addition of a high tunnel has been our biggest project this season. It has been a long process but we are happy to report it is finished!
Planting season is picking up as we prepare for spring. This keeps us on the move and sometimes the camera gets left behind. The phone usually makes it though so here are few moments I captured with the (low quality) camera on my cell phone.
We have two new high tunnels here at the farm! The past weeks have been busy ones getting them ready, but we are excited about all the growing opportunity they provide.
This is one of the high tunnels getting covered in plastic. We tried to pick a day that wasn't too windy we may have missed, the plastic got a little hard to hold down.
Elisa is transporting the transplants! The new high tunnel will house onions that we started in our smaller hoop house.
Here is the high tunnel all set up and getting planted in onions.