Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
The best plant known and used around the world to stop erosion is called Vetiver.
It not only holds soil on mountainsides but it creates it own terraces by collecting leaves, debris and eroded soil from above it!
With out vetiver it is impossible to hold compost on these mountainsides and there is no reason to teach them the value of composting.
Like a baby we can't take a 2nd or 3rd step without taking this 1st step!
(Vetiveria Zizanoides) click here
It not only holds the soil on their land but holds soil moisture, it fertilizes the plants around it, holds water to raise water tables for well water and even wards off many bugs that eat would eat them!
You could call it a miracle grass and it is available in Haiti. Its roots grow to 3 meters long and it can hold back landslides. The best part is if you just plant it on level horizontal rows of the hillsides and it will make its own terraces.
It is also forage for livestock and can be used in baskets, hats and thatch for roofs.
We want to space our vetiver maximum of 15cm (about a hand width between stems)
4 meters vertically between rows
A few pictures of our seminar and demonstration mission to seven chapel areas around Gris Gris Haiti in January 2009
Vetiver Grass: A Thin Green Line Against Erosion can be read at:
http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/cd3wd/SOILWATR/B10VEE/EN/B1708.HTM without the photos
One of the earliest vetiver books: Vetiver Grass: A Method of Vegetative Soil and Moisture Conservation can be downloaded from: