‘It is true we cannot grow crops in the fields for a few years.
But the plants in the fallow field give us green manure.
We cut them back and use their leaves to feed the field we are farming now.
And our animals can eat the sunflower leaves.
Another tree produces fruit.
You should tell your husband about fallowing with trees and plants’.
Hanna is not sure.
Anyway, they do not have any sunflower seeds.
But her aunty has thought of that.
She gives Hanna some cuttings!
New plants will grow from these cuttings.
Hanna is not sure about the whole idea.
But she takes the cuttings anyway.
It is kind of her aunty to try and help.
Two years later, Hanna writes to her aunty: ‘Dear Aunty, I hope you are well.
Thank you for giving us the wild sunflower cuttings.
My husband was not sure at first.
But I found some sunflowers growing wild.
I offered to work extra hard in our field.
We used the wild sunflowers as green manure before planting our corn crop.
And our produce improved a lot!
‘I wanted to say thank you - and spread this message.
So I have painted our house with yellow sunflowers!
The children helped me.
And they learned about our old tradition.
Even my husband likes it!
I feel connected to my home village - and the wisdom of sharing farming ideas!’