|Employees at KFP peeling|
|Kim and her husband at local farm|
|SMART team, Sok Ly, and Kim|
The next farm about 20 minutes away was located in the Tek Tal Commune. The owner, Mr. Chea Ly, started the farm originally in 2005 growing sugar palm. However, the process was too technical and he decided to switch to growing mangoes in 2007 and has been doing so since then. After our tour we were offered to try sour green mangoes. Sok Ly pulled out a huge knife to expertly peel the mango and shared it amongst all of us. Two of us had never tried sour green mango before and were surprised by the tangy taste and crunchy bite.
|Sok Ly using a hatchet to peel a green mango|
|Array of dishes for lunch at the Chhorn household|
The SMART Team was also lucky to not only have many employees of KFP to share the meal with but also Jojo, who is the director of the agriculture department of the Asian Productivity Organization [APO]. Jojo explained that he was working on a seminar about eco-tourism and entertained us with new agricultural techniques like watermelons grown in crates that give the fruit "faces".
Post lunch the team took a quick nap and got back to working on the presentation for KFP, while snacking on dried mango of course! Then we had another meeting with Dalis to confirm some of our findings and inform her on the progress we have made thus far on the final presentation for KFP.
Dinner was shared again with the family and employees. We found a huge gecko in the backyard, stargazed, and shared stories from our hometowns!