First Scarlet Runner Beans at Rancho Raíces

by Francisco G. Gómez Our first Scarlet Runner Bean buds just appeared. Totally amazed and in awe of how beautiful and strong they are. These beans have a history that is millennial many times over in Central and South America. … Continue reading

High Tunnel at Finca Mi Casa up and Running Again

by Francisco G. Gómez Finca Mi Casa’s High Tunnel is back in action thanks to you! It was January 2018 when we first visited Don Luis and Doña Carmen, at Finca Mi Casa in Camuy, Puerto Rico after hurricane María … Continue reading

Spotlight on Brunswick Tire and Auto

by Francisco G. Gómez As mom and pop businesses continue to disappear at an alarming rate, there are those like, Brunswick Tire and Auto, that remain strong and thriving. There are a number of reasons for this. A work ethic … Continue reading

Of Taíno Queens and the Legend of Yuiza

by Francisco G. Gómez Interested in boricua history, especially legends? Here’s a story that’s rather interesting. It’s the legend of Yuiza and her possible connection to the Afro/Taíno people of Loíza. On our first relief  assistance trip to Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

Taínasoy Apiario an Eco-Project in the Works – Part 2

by  Francisco G. Gómez As I said in part 1 of this piece, when I arrived at Taínasoy Apiario, there was lots of land preparation going on and construction of several projects were to begin in February of 2018. Noemi … Continue reading

Taínasoy Apiario an Eco-Project in the Works – Part 1

by Francisco G. Gómez Heading south on highway #2, you just pass the border of Aguadilla and you’ re in Aguada. You best be looking at the kilometer markers to your right as you quickly go along or you’ll miss … Continue reading

Casa Pueblo and the Posterriqueño – Innovations in 21st Century Lighting

  by Francisco G. Gómez “Casa Pueblo is a project of community self management with the commitment to value and protect natural resources, both cultural and human. It was born in 1980 when the government of Puerto Rico wanted to … Continue reading

Reflections in the Aftermath of Hurricane María

by Francisco G. Gómez I couldn’t think of a better way to begin to share my experiences in Puerto Rico after the catastrophe that hurricane María brought upon the island, than to start with the thoughts of a young Puertorican … Continue reading

Parranda – Paranda at the Bronx Music Heritage Center

by Francisco G. Gómez Last Friday’s parranda at the Bronx Music Heritage Center was awesome; we had such a wonderful time at this community celebration. For those of you who may not know about the BMHC, well, it was founded … Continue reading

Herbal Pain Relief Workshop 11.21.17 – Handouts

Greetings Friends, Here are the handouts that you may not have gotten at the workshop because we ran out:                 You can also view the photo gallery from the program here. … Continue reading