Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect and minimise work.
Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants.
The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture.
Inhabitants’ needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure.
Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another.
Within a Permaculture system, work is minimised, "wastes" become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored.
Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.
Our 3-step program for mountainside gardening is a perfect permaculture design. The Vetiver Grass not only stops erosion it repairs the damage already done. It makes it's own terraces minimising work while it replenishes the soil naturally. Alley farming produces more food as one plants can fertilize and protect other plants. Microorganisms breakdown and tranform nutrients and works like antibiotics. The huge amount of grass which some would call waist can be made into briquets that will replace the charcoal that has done most of the destruction. The leftover char from these stoves create biochar which is put into compost piles and replenish the soil, it also reduces the carbon in the atmosphere and can reverse the climate changes.
Watch this video to see how our project has a great permaculture design!