This harvest was abundant. When we arrived at the Widows' Farm in June the maize crop was very green, very tall and many of the stalks had two and some even three ears on them. Many people told us that no crops in the village compared to ours; they were not as tall or fruitful.
With the help of many people, including some men, the large field was harvested in one day. Harvesting involves removing the ears, husking them and carrying them to a central place for drying. All of this is done manually. The smaller field was harvested a day or two later in a few hours. Many of the ears were massive - huge!
|Harvesting the Maize|
|Margaret (about 80 yrs, 4'5") |
She's so cute and can out-lift some men!
When the maize was dry enough to process it was spread out over a large area in front of the farmworker's house/storage barn. We are careful not to exaggerate or quickly assign the supernatural to things; however, when we were "shelling" the maize - stripping the kernels off the cobs - as we were loading large amounts of maize into the hopper of the sheller we noticed and eventually commented on the fact that the mass of the maize that was spread out appeared not to be diminishing. No matter how much we were loading into the hopper the quantity of the rest of the maize was not going down.
|The Group that Came to Harvest the Last Crop|
The last time we harvested we filled five 210 liter tubs full of processed kernels of maize. This time we had to buy FIVE MORE to contain the harvest. Wahoo!