This is how to travel on the rough dirt back roads.  Can you see the mango plants I'm holding onto as well?!

This is how to travel on the rough dirt back roads. Can you see the mango plants I'm holding onto as well?!

Santiago Sabino Sanchez Zapata picking up his 300 plantain corms with an oxcart.  This particular area of Nagarote is arid and visibly deforested.

Santiago Sabino Sanchez Zapata picking up his 300 plantain corms with an oxcart. This particular area of Nagarote is arid and visibly deforested.

At the plantain farm where we bought the corms, a manager shows us how an incision in one of the tree stumps works to trap a damaging beetle pest, reducing the need for them to spray.  They make about twenty traps per manzana, and check them every morning.

At the plantain farm where we bought the corms, a manager shows us how an incision in one of the tree stumps works to trap a damaging beetle pest, reducing the need for them to spray. They make about twenty traps per manzana, and check them every morning.

Where Vernonn and I waited for three hours at the house of Julio Cesar Torres Trujillo.

Where Vernonn and I waited for three hours at the house of Julio Cesar Torres Trujillo.

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