Friday, May 31, 2013

HORTICULTURE HIGHLIGHTS: Recent Horticulture Activities Across the Caribbean Basin

This week, we'd like to highlight the meaningful work our horticulture volunteers have been carrying out in the field. The following photo "spotlights" feature April and May 2013 volunteers who traveled to Belize, Guyana, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to work on horticulture assignments.

BELIZE: Dr. Paul McLeod

Dr. Paul McLeod of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was in southern Belize from March 16 - April 27, where he was hosted by the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the National 4-H Center. Dr. McLeod provided training in soil fertility, vegetable production, and pest management to residents of 8 villages, spoke with students from 6 technical high schools about agricultural production and the benefits of backyard gardening, and provided training to the 4-H Center staff on best practices in educating youth about vegetable production and nutrition.

Dr. McLeod poses with students from the local 4-H program

GUYANA: Dr. Juliet Niehaus

Dr. Juliet Niehaus of Tucson, Arizona, was in Guyana from April 4 - 20 to provide Horticulture Therapy training to volunteers at Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) centers in East Coast and East Bank Demerara. Dr. Niehaus is Director of Horticulture Therapy at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, and CBR requested her assistance to establish the foundation for Horticulture Therapy programs at CBR East Coast and East Bank.

Dr. Niehaus visits the home of CBR East Coast member, Juanita

NICARAGUA: Dr. Carol Miles and Ms. Patricia Kreider

Dr. Carol Miles and Ms. Patricia Kreider of Mount Vernon, Washington, were in Nicaragua from April 8 - 22 to provide training in vegetable grafting.  The team worked with 88 small-scale growers and agricultural trainers on the basics of grafting tomato, pepper and watermelon so that can more easily overcome soil borne diseases and increase vegetable yield and quality.  Take a look at our blog post from May 6 featuring their assignment!

Dr. Miles and Ms. Kreider demonstrate grafting to women
growers and F2F Field Officer, Elisa Estrada

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:  Dr. Tom Evans, Dr. Wally Pill and Dr. Cliff Keil

Doctors Tom Evans and Wally Pill of Delaware and Dr. Cliff Keil who resides in Quito, Ecuador, arrived to the Dominican Republic on May 19 and will remain through June 4 to conduct trainings in microgreen production and pest and disease control, and to provide greenhouse management support.

The team introduces Ministry of Agriculture
extensionists and producers to the GIS pest monitoring

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