I carefully pull a feijão sprout out of its plastic birth carton. A fellow volunteer and I have already prepared its new home – a beautiful cozy hole. A home made of 3 parts regular soil and 1 part nutrient-rich compost. As Curitiba teases us with a few drops of rain, I settle the feijão into its new community. Its brothers and sisters live right next door – four of them in a straight line, all about a palm apart. We have three more species of feijão to plant next.

Although I have volunteered with a handful of non-profits around Curitiba in the past four months, Casa da Videira has been one of the most fantastic! By outline, they are an urban agriculture project. However, with strawberries hanging from buckets, guinea pigs as lawn mowers, research on innovative goat food, and a preservation project of five different types of potatoes, the […]