Recycling the Maize Canes

Recycling the Maize Canes by Rudy Giron

It’s amazing how this farmworker can carry so many discarded maize canes on his back, just like an ant, carrying more weight than his own. Farming has to be among the most tough jobs anywhere, don’t you agree?

In Guatemala we recycle just about everything, including the maize canes which will probably end up as an organic wall. If you don’t believe me, come back tomorrow and I will show you a wall made with these maize canes.

By the way, I am assuming these sticks are called corn/maize canes; do you know what are they called in English?

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  • NYChapin

    I think they are call “exploitation”. Nice sky…

  • Mary Burich

    In English, “corn stock.” Many thanks, Rudy!

  • sjbj

    stalks of corn 

  • Eric

    Rudy, Mary was closest…”corn stalks”.  Plants that have an elongated, grass-like appearance are sometimes referred to as “stalks”, as in “a stalk of celery”.  Up here, in the corner pocket, we use bundles of corn stalks for decorations during Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Some of my best friends in the Land of Eternal Spring have corn stalk walls in their homes, or corn stalk chicken coops.  Guate-ingenuity at work !

  • Thanks everybody for pitching in the correct name in English for the corn stalks. 

  • Betty Anne Tarini

    fabulous sky!