Living Sustainable in Lago Bayano – with Renate Spooner

The initial reason that I chose to come to Panama  was to see my old friend Renate Sponer (or Sponi as I know her) who used to live in Dunedin but now lives on a farm in Panama. Sponi is especially committed to achieving a self-sufficient lifestyle for her family as well as protecting the native forest that she and her husband own. They have an stunning property – a big farm house set in a hilly landscape with a clean swimming river running beside it, cleared land for growing food and keepig livestock, and approximately 450 ha of dry tropical forest set aside and protected for its biodiversity. They also have four children under 10 years of age.

Three shows were aired with my friend Sponi. The first being about her commitment to sustainability and living in a self-sufficient way in the jungle in the Lago Bayano region. The second is about the killing and processing of a sheep – an acitivity that happend while I was staying with her. The third show is about the food that Sponi grows – plants that are suitable to a dry tropical forest conditions where temperatures average around 33 deg C.

To listen to our programme about Self-sufficiency in the dry tropics of Panama please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=c61a4293-09d7-4001-b3fa-c33b00883590

If you think you are plagued by insects in your temperate garden, try growing in the tropics! There are so many more insects that will want to eat your tender vegetables. Improving the soil with compost, attracting beneficial insects, growing plants suited to the climate and conditions comprise some of the solutions.To listen to our programme about Growing Food Crops organically in Panama please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=710cbf6b-7eab-4ac7-a491-bedaae375d9b

To listen to our programme about  Killing and Processing Sheep please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=9e40d595-8f4e-42a2-ba6c-2ef32ce8692b

For more information –

These shows were originally broadcasin February and March of 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and supported by Sustainable Dunedin City. The radio show Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard, a Sustainability Educator and Facilitator.

Sponi drying corn in the sun

Sponi and youngest child drying corn in the sun

 

Separating the chaff

 

yucca - a good carbohydrate. Can be boiled for a few hours and then fried.

yucca – a good carbohydrate. Can be boiled for a few hours and then fried.

 

The circle of life. Before ...

The circle of life. Before …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... and after. The meat is smoked to assist preservation.

… and after. The meat is smoked to assist with preservation.

 

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3 thoughts on “Living Sustainable in Lago Bayano – with Renate Spooner

  1. Hello, I am interested in contacting the author of this article, could someone give me some reference?

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