There's a quote I love by a Scottish mountaineer, describing what followed his decision to head for the Himalayas.
When Sand and I said Yes, we would head for Peru, we had little idea exactly what we would do there, much less how we would sustain ourselves: but Providence was already at work. Within a couple of weeks of announcing our intention we were contacted by friends in California with an invitation that moved and inspired us both.
Would we, they asked, like to work with them to set up a trade in rainforest crops in Ecuador and Peru, crops that can be wild-harvested by the forest dwellers and then sold into world markets. Well, let's see?
- A trade that benefits indigenous people who are actively looking for economic models that allow them to resist the dollars of the extractive industries and preserve their independence - check.
- Dealing in crops harvested from the wild that avoids the depletion and diversity reduction of mono cropping - check.
- Working with an independent company that is already a significant supporter of not-for-profits we love and support - check.
- A chance to work together, combining our skills and experience in support of indigenous partners in the rainforest and elsewhere - check.
The accreditation of the trade seems to say it all: it's Fair for Life.
So here we are, a new home and base in the Sacred Valley. On Saturday we head for Ecuador to begin the exploration, discussion and collaboration that will bring this exciting new project to life. Wish us well, and check back here for news.