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Organics revisited - Interview with Jake Kheel

Originally from the US, Jake Kheel has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic since 2005, although he first visited as a student in 1994. He is the environmental director of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, which runs several projects, including an organic farm. The vegetables and fruit grown on the farm are fertilized with worm ...

The Mighty Coconut

The coco palm has become almost synonymous with paradise. Along with a deserted white beach, its image stands out on countless postcards and holiday brochures. I don’t know about you, but every time I catch sight of one I know I am where I want to be.The Coconut originated in the islands of the Indian ...

Ginger - jengibre

La ruta del jengibre – the ginger trail - is one of several ecological and agricultural community tourism initiatives dotted across the Dominican Republic.The idea is to create a tourist attraction based on a local economic activity – in this case the organic ginger crop in the outstanding setting of the Las Galeras/El Rincon area ...

Tips for a green kitchen

A green kitchen can be any color. What we mean here by green is environmentally friendly. It's almost twenty years since going green became mainstream, but much of this trend was hijacked by commercial concerns, and instead of reducing consumption, people were lured into buying additional products, because they were marketed as eco-friendly. Some of ...

Haiti: a few lessons on free trade

Haiti provides a preview of what's in store for the Dominican Republic: the real price of free trade.Rice, beans, and chicken. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Haitians eat this every day - if they can afford it - and as far as I could tell the taste is identical to the "Dominican flag". Plantains and coffee ...

Trash talk

I have mentioned before how one of my favorite things about living here is that this is a recycling community. It might not be earth-shattering news for folks where this is the norm, it isn't in this country.Separating our garbage here is pretty simple. We are only required to separate it into organics (food refuse), ...

A simple birthday party

Let me invite you to my daughter's 4th birthday party. For this you will need a time machine, because that was last year.We have a few ideas of our own about environmentalism, how we raise our daughter and a host of other topics. This is not the time to share them, but the way we did ...

Organics bite back!

Following up on another article about organics we decided to pose some questions to Dr. Andrea Brechelt who runs the Mercado Ecológico in Santo Domingo. See the previous article.The Mercado Ecologico is a health food shop that offers a complete selection of organic fruit and vegetables every week. Customers are given a list of products ...

Organics: Is it worth it?

There has been much controversy on the question of organics and whether it is worth paying the extra money. D. Daidone, an industrial-scale organic farmer, gives us his take on it. Are organics worth it? Here's he has to say:Being that the consumption of organic food is a relatively new phenomenon, and the limited research ...