Organic's the way to go say French visitors

Tuesday September 04, 2018 Written by Published in Local
French wwoofers Baptiste Castaner and Lucie Willemot, with customer Patricia Metzker at the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday. 18082603 French wwoofers Baptiste Castaner and Lucie Willemot, with customer Patricia Metzker at the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday. 18082603

French “wwoofers” (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) Baptiste Castaner and Lucie Willemot are in Rarotonga doing volunteer work at Oasis Hydroponics in Tupapa, for two months as part of their world travels.

They have previously visited Japan, Korea and New Zealand 

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. Plants are instead grown in water to which a mineral nutrient solution has been added.

Back at home in France, Castaner is a policeman and Willemot is due to soon finish her political science studies, focusing on environmental protection and ocean pollution.

As part of their experience at Oasis Hydroponics, they help sell the organic hydroponically-grown lettuces, herbs and organic sprouts as fresh salads at the market. They also sell home-made pawpaw salad dressing, (it’s the most popular, says Castaner), and Asian sesame seed dressing.

He also points out that the clear salad containers used by the business are biodegradable.

 “This is important,” he says. “Rarotonga is pretty environmentally conscious, compared to other countries like Japan.

“In Japan everything is plastic, and they hand you plastic bags without even asking. I think this island is already doing some good things toward reducing plastics. You see the paper straws and that’s a good thing. There’s no place for plastic straws anymore.”

When the couple have finished their stint at Oasis Hydroponics, they say they will probably return to New Zealand.

 

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