Monday, August 31, 2009
More Photos from Haiti Trip
Here are some more photos from the small animal and beekeeping project in Haiti. Please see the previous blog entry to read about the trip. Enjoy the photos! Above: Speaking with sisters at Signeau, at their new rabbitry. Volunteer Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak helped them establish the rabbitry the previous week. The rabbits looked good - plenty of water, in the shade, eating their forage. They received their first next box and will hopefully begin breeding soon. Young rabbits enjoying some fruit near Cap Haitien. Commercial production rabbitry and Makouti rabbit training center. This site provides a good demonstration for producers. Group of young leaders from the community of Grand Boulage (South of Haiti) visiting rabbitries in Cap Haitien and receiving training from Makouti technicians in rabbit production, thanks to the Friends of Haiti. The Farmer to Farmer Program works with producers in the mountainous village of Grand Boulage. Every month, community leaders from various (40) areas in the North of Haiti convene to share reports from their villages on the progress of their production (honey, vegetables, coffee, rabbits, goats, etc.). They make up Makouti Agro Enterprise. Farmer to Farmer volunteers work with these leaders and their communities, providing opportunities for training and improvement, and through this cooperative the producers continue to share and receive follow-up support. Some Haitian beekeepers still work with primitive log hives. This hive, in Chantal (Southern Haiti) has been covered to protect the hive from predators. Log hives are difficult to inspect and manage. Farmer to Farmer volunteer Don Hopkins is currently in the South of Haiti, where he will assist such beekeepers in transitioning to modern hives. Here Benito, together with Bardeau, a beekeeper in Aquin, inspect a Kenya Top Bar hive. This type of hive is being piloted as a transition step between log and Langstroth hives. Beekeeper Nicodeme Pierre (center right) proudly displays his successful combs. They are heavy with all the honey! Mr. Pierre now harvests over 70 gallons of honey from his hives and is one of the many Farmer to Farmer success stories. Display stand at the fair in Cap Haitien. Anyone want to sample some honey? Here, displayed are gallons of Makouti honey and a case showing honey from various regions of Haiti. Depending on the available flowers, the honey varies from a light golden color, to a reddish color, and to a dark color. The glass cases contain bees and combs so people could view the honeybees in action. It was a success!