It is great to see that Camp Ecuador is starting to make a positive mark on the landscape of the cloud forest. The community of Santa Marianita, home to Camp Maqui, said that the thing they need more than anything is an organic vegetable garden for the school. So that is what they shall have. It was decided after much debate that the best place for the garden was on the hill by the camp: a very short walk to work each day for the guys and they are able to keep an eye on their crops. The problem is, the ground is steep, which means it needs terracing; all good for the soul. The problems with this sort of thing in the cloud forest are different to those faced in England. The ground is very fertile and often very wet – everything will grow, plants and weeds alike, but things like potatoes and other tubors can rot in the ground. Yucca, lettuce, tomatoes, fruit etc should all prosper and feed the children of the school for generations. The guys have still got to build a fence and steps and reinforce the terracing with bamboo. Only then can we actually get something in the ground …