Many may not know that it rains enough here during the winter to grow rice in the mountains. There are commercial growers all over the Azuero Peninsula, and small farmers growing large fields all sewn and harvested by hand. I attended 2 juntas this past week out at Isla Cana where everything is grown by hand. The junta is a traditional gathering to help your neighbors cut and plant crops, build barria homes, or work cattle. On Saturday 40 men from the area cut 2 acres of rice for “Mocha” and his family. What a wonderful day of work and friendship and food. This picture is rice I cut myself with the cuchilla. Once you make it to this part of Panama you would never realize it is 2015 in this part of the world.
Saludos from 7.35 Degrees North