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Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

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Robert Fairchild commented on Brian Cady's blog post Lablab as edible erosion control
"Lablab is pwa nouris (nurse bean) in Creole. "Rongai", a forage variety, is available from Hancock Seeds: http://www.hancockseed.com/application-area-239/forage-and-crop-seed-278/lab-lab-seed-355/"
May 6, 2014
Brian Cady commented on Mike Mahowald's page TLUD Stoves for Haiti
"Thanks for the thoughts Mike M., and the website, and ongoing work on stoves. I heard a story of someone who planted fruit trees in Haiti. They later returned and discovered that the fruit trees had been turned into charcoal for cooking. Ouch. What…"
Jul 8, 2011
Brian Cady commented on Mike Mahowald's page TLUD Stoves for Haiti
"Maybe these stoves could be made from rocks, piled up around a hole in the ground, so what would need to be imported is just a shovel."
Jul 8, 2011
Brian Cady commented on Mike Mahowald's page TLUD Stoves for Haiti
"Could these stoves be made out of Haitian clay, instead of imported metal stovepipe? That way supplying materials for the stoves could also create jobs, and foreign funding wouldn't be needed. I guess we'd need to consult with a ceramic…"
Jul 8, 2011
Olivia Jeanne commented on Brian Cady's blog post Lablab as edible erosion control
"very interesting literature!! I want to get my hands on this"
Jan 24, 2011
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Mike Mahowald commented on Brian Cady's blog post Microloans for reconstruction?
"Haiti has a lot of Fonkoze banks starting around smaller communities. We show this under Infrastucture needs"
Oct 10, 2010
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Microloans for reconstruction?

Kiva conduits tiny loans from members in the 'West' to tiny borrowers, internationally situated, for development.Perhaps they could link with microloan programs of your members organizations in Haiti. for more, see:http://www.kiva.org/partners/infoBrianP.S. Maybe microloans could fund toilet construction by community groups, or purchasing or leasing drinking water watersheds for replanting and stabilization, or capitalize replanting efforts.BCPPS:…See More
Oct 8, 2010
Brian Cady commented on Mike Mahowald's page Composting Toilets
"To: Richard Higgins: any chance that we could view that video on Youtube, or more pictures of the design? Its quite intriguing."
Oct 5, 2010
Mike Mahowald commented on Brian Cady's blog post buried big fired clay pots or cisterns for longterm local irrigation using local clay deposits
"I have been trying to find out if we can get clay in Haiti to make rocket stove fire bricks. So far I have not found a source for clay? For small amounts of rain colletion besides cisterns they could use solar still that collects morning dew, but…"
Sep 29, 2010
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Brian Cady commented on Brian Cady's blog post Have you considered pitpit as a crop and as erosion control means?
"I do worry a bit about the possibility that the vetiver monoclonal monoculture will fall victim to a disease or insect, without a ready replacement in our hands. I guess there are other similar related plants, like lemongrass, although I don't…"
Sep 29, 2010
Brian Cady commented on Brian Cady's blog post Have you considered pitpit as a crop and as erosion control means?
"I think you're right, Mike, that it needs lots of moisture and fertile soils, and, as you point out, wouldn't be as apt as vetiver at colonization of dry, infertile upland sites."
Sep 29, 2010
Mike Mahowald commented on Brian Cady's blog post Have you considered pitpit as a crop and as erosion control means?
"Brian, I read about the nitrogen fixing quality that grows in the plant, I do think this would be a very good crop for planting where it will grow. I still have doubts it will grow in many eroded areas that lack moisture. The reason we use vetiver…"
Sep 28, 2010

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book chapter on baobab as vegetable

Could Baobab trees grow in Haiti? In Africa they provide nutritious leaves and fruits.
Chapter on Baobab as vegetable.


Posted on November 12, 2010 at 10:15am

Prosopis juliflora (Mesquite)

I'm interested in this as a reforestation crop. The peruvian edible-podded type seems like it could be seed-sown, to grow as conditions warrant, when the rains come. I understand it feeds honeybees nectar, too. Thorns could help keep goats at bay.

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Interested or knowledgable in using Cashew Trees for dry site reforestation?

I've heard and read of this, but have no direct experience. Does it work?

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 8:57am

Baobab tree as reforestation crop?

The leaf of the much beloved baobab is a staple of the savanna lands below the Sahara. In an area stretching across half the continent, this vegetable ranks among the commonest foods. Bursting into foliage a little before the rains begin, the stately trees remain green and edible until a little after the rains have ceased—often half the year. In addition, any surplus harvest can be dried, in which form, the leaves keep well even under the climatic challenges of rural Africa.…

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Posted on October 29, 2010 at 5:17am

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At 5:11am on September 24, 2010, Mike Mahowald said…
Welcome Brian, thanks for joining and your interest in Haiti Reconstruction. Am interested in learning more about Pitpit hadn't heard of this yet but will look into it when I have more time. Friend from Gris Gris is in MN now and we have a big Haiti weekend coming will try to contact you next week, Mike, Thanks for joining.
At 5:37am on September 24, 2010, Mike Mahowald said…
Good morning Brian love your interest and want to talk but really have to go to work now. Will talk later. please update more of your profile and groups interest I can add you on member links.

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