The Lake Chapala Garden Club has been busy working with Poco a Poco, a volunteer organization in the lakeside villages east of Mezcala.
They have been teaching the community how to grow plants from seeds, maintain their gardens and harvest from those gardens to begin feeding healthy food to these communities.
Using donations, they have installed a metal door on an existing structure to create a warehouse for their tools and materials, established metal structures for shade and work area creation, purchase topsoil and compost to create numerous planting beds for vegetables, purchased heirloom seeds for germination, and created a worm farm to assist in enriching the garden soil. They have made an existing well functional again after having it sit idle for nine years, and created a coupon system for town children who regularly water the gardens.
Open Circle has suspended its weekly program at the garden at Lake Chapala Society. Each week it highlights a different video of a past presentation. This week, Clair Kuntz presents “Writing a Legacy Letter, the Ultimate Love Letter.” It will be available for view Sunday, May 31, 10:30 a.m. at opencircleajijic.org.
In this video Kuntz talks about writing a legacy letter, sometimes referred to as a “love letter” because it is a gift from the heart in which you share with surviving loved ones what has shaped you, what you’ve learned, what has been most important in your life, and what you hope for them. Legacy letters are also sometimes called ethical wills. They mark a moment in time, create a record, and provide an opportunity for you to impart your wisdom. Kuntz will also share the legacy letter he wrote for his own family and friends.
Kuntz enjoyed a long and successful career in human resources with several major international companies headquartered in Canada and the United States.
Feeding the needy
Robert Snyder, owner of Bobby’s Terraza in Ajijic is helping feed some 200 needy villagers in San Juan Tecomatlán.
The restaurateur started this labor for about 50 people, but the project has grown over the last month. Rice, refried beans, corn with fresh cheese, condiments, fresh bread, a bag of assorted fresh fruit and a couple of lollipops for the kids are the kind of foods often included on the Thursday menu.
A few weeks back he got a big price break on shrimp from Costalegre fish market and chicken from Puritan Poultry and made paella for more than 100 people.
Snyder gives out plastic containers of hot food – enough to feed entire families.