Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Update from the Field: Planting Gardens in Haiti

US and Haitian farmers creating a garden with donated seeds
This week in Haiti, Farmer to Farmer volunteers and field staff are busy working together with a group of women in Lory to plant gardens, improve their seedling nursery, and advance their chicken production and processing.

Lory is a small town in the North of Haiti, about 10 km from Cap Haitian. The women in this community have made the most of the training they have received - beginning with small gardening and later moving on to rabbit production and now chicken production. They have expressed the desire to beautify their town and even explore future options for agri-tourism. Traditionally, Lory is known for the pottery that they hand-craft with the clay from their area.

The group in Lory recently received a follow-up visit by Master Gardener Tom Syverud from Wisconsin, focusing on organic production. Continuing with the momentum of this visit, currently in country are three farmers from Vermont - John Hayden, David Marchant, and Mimi Arnstein - also bringing an organic focus and a wide array of knowledge in chicken production and fruit and vegetable production. This team assignment will focus on ways to make community agriculture economically sustainable, including exploring micro-enterprise opportunities such as chicken processing and oil extraction from fruits and nuts.

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