Cacao in the Philippines

Her name is Liann; she is Liddy’s day shift nurse, and she loves to talk. It turns out she has a lot to talk about. She received nurse training in her native Philippine Islands and came to the U.S. ten years ago. She works three 12-hour shifts a week at Woodbury Inspira Medical Center where Liddy remains in room 671B. But listen to this: her parents are still in the Philippines and they own a large amount of land where they grow rice, sugar cane, and mahogany trees. They also grow cacao though apparently not commercially. “Liann,” I said, “why don’t we change that? I know everything there is to know about how to make a cocoa farm profitable, I learned it when I worked at the Center for Tropical Agriculture in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Liddy knows, too, she was part of our research team; we could come to the Philippines and show your family how to grow cocoa for profit.”

Liann’s eyes light up; she is ready to go.

Liddy is a different story; she and I have had this conversation before, and besides she is still recovering from her back surgery; rapidly I should say – in her therapy session yesterday she walked the length of a room with the aid of a walker. And I can’t remember seeing her smile so much; except when the conversation turned to cocoa farms.

Stay tuned.



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