Haiti Reconstruction

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

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Bob Yin left a comment for Criss Juliard
"Hello Criss Juliard I am interesting in your TLUD stoves and Vetiver project, would youn please talk more about the working detail ? I will go Haiti as a intern on 07-08 2013, if there is a opportunity I hope I can joing your project on 08-09…"
Jun 8, 2013
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"Hello Roberto, It is a pleasure to welcome you to Haiti Reconstruction, and especially to read the aspects that interests you about Haiti and Haiti Reconstruction. Conservation/environmental, education and new technologies, information sharing…"
Mar 26, 2013
Criss Juliard is now friends with Torsten Mandal, Jock Gill and Erin Mortensen
Mar 1, 2013
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"EVON, welcome to Haiti Reconstruction. It is a pleasure to welcome a Liberian to the membership. We are not sure if you are in Liberia or another country, but either way, it is always helpful to have a broad array of members, and West Africans are…"
Feb 28, 2013
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"Welcome Sotia, it is good to hear from friends in Ivory Coast, et encore plus de Cocody interesting in what Haiti Reconstruction does and the impact it has had on individuals, communities and regions. We are happy to read that you are interested in…"
Dec 23, 2012
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"Hello Steve, We are happy to read that you are interested in promoting agricultural practices that improve Haiti's food production. How do you see being able to contribute? Of great interest to Haiti Reconstruction is to launch our pyrolitc…"
Sep 26, 2012
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"Daniel, welcome to HaitiReconstructionInternationa (HRI). You have a full access to what HRI and what it does through the website. It is equally of interest to know a bit more about people who are interested in joining HRI as members. We see that…"
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"Greetings Edmond PAUL, from NYC, welcome to Haiti Reconstruction. We are happy to have you among those who are interested in what HRI provides to a goodly number of people - it is all very simple, it works, and Haitians find value in the endless…"
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"David, welcome to Haiti Reconstruction; we are happy to have another member from UK, and especially someone with your broad interests that includes information sharing. That is a key part of the web site.  Please feel welcomed to become engaged…"
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"Hello Mike, Welcome to Haiti Reconstruction; we hope you will be able to share with us some of your experiences as they relate to your list of interests. We are always looking for new people with new ideas and experience in the subject matter…"
Mar 21, 2012
Criss Juliard commented on Mike Mahowald's video

Haiti Conservation 3-step program

"Great video, Haiti Reconstruction. It would be even greater if there was additonal narrative. Pictures are worth a 1000 words, but an explanation of the slides would give even additional "take away" information. You could as well…"
Feb 25, 2012
Criss Juliard left a comment for Erin Mortensen
"Welcome, Erin, always good to have new partners/members who are involved in different fields of concentration. If you  are in Health, you must certainly be "in" Nutrition, a practice area which we need to better integrate in our line…"
Feb 10, 2012
Criss Juliard left a comment for Rose Grandson
"Bonsoir Rose, Contend de vous lire, et de constater que vous venez de très loin. C'est tjrs un plaisir de voir que des personnes provenant veulent connaitre plus sur comment cultiver pour augmenter la production. Quebec…"
Sep 13, 2011
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"Hello Thecy, welcome to Haiti Reconstruction, all the way from Jersey (UK) or the newer Jersey (US);either we are happy to have you join. We are interested to know how you heard of Haiti Reconstruction and how you decided you wanted to…"
Sep 12, 2011
Criss Juliard left a comment for Jenny Tryhane
"Welcome, Barbadian Jenny Tryhane, we hope you have discovered some vetiver plants your Island; they did exist. Have you had any experience with the plants? I know it is dryer than in Haiti, but still, Barbados needs to protect…"
Sep 11, 2011
Criss Juliard left a comment for Elysee Lalo
"Hello Elysee, sois le bien venu! I was glad to read that you are interested in growing more food. You are spot on! It will be useful to click on the "Conservation" file in the menu at the top of the page. I will be happy to…"
Aug 25, 2011

Criss Juliard's Blog

Cashew trees

Senegal and the Gambia have done well with Cashew as a cash crop; it is a tree that requires little care, not much water, sandy soil; but picking and processing cashew nuts require investment in time and capital to get the nut out of the shell.

I would caution considering Cashews as appropriate for 'reforestation.' Any tree, if plan is to plant trees to hold the soil, stop erosion, or retain soil moisture; it is best to start by vetiver hedges along the contour first to stabilize the…


Posted on December 13, 2010 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

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At 5:18am on March 12, 2010, Mike Mahowald said…
Hello Criss, I am so happy you signed onto become a member, I made you and administrator so you can add pages to the web site as you think we need. Thanks for all you do with vetiver, I hope we can get funding for our project in Haiti, I really think we have a great opportunity
At 3:48am on December 06, 2010, milon roy gave Criss Juliard a gift
hi everybody we are all nice to meet , best of luck every friend
At 5:42pm on December 13, 2010, Torsten Mandal said…

Thanks Chriss,  I could not write Denmark on Ning without a technical error with state, but I've worked much in Kenyan and my wife is from Kenya.  Torsten 

At 9:25am on March 22, 2011, sandra M Whiteley said…

I have been working in Haiti for many years. I am a documentary film maker and I am married to a Haitian musician. Together we managed to have a new building constructed on the site of the orphanage we look after in \PAP  Here is a link to our music video we did after my husband was in the earthquake



At 10:23am on March 22, 2011, sandra M Whiteley said…

Hello. If you go to youtube and search Mardi Madichon you will be able to see it. I have been working on a documentary Real Voodoo which dispels the hollywood myths about voodoo and celebrates the spirituality of Haiti and the strength of it's people. I need the photo of the creole pig on your site. Do you know who owns the rights to the photo?



At 7:45pm on April 3, 2011, William Gibbens said…

Hi Chris,

I replied to a similar request to Mike Mahowald, I'm going to cut and paste. I am not familiar with navigation on a "blog" if that is what it is called, I'm learning.

I was in Leogane,Haiti Feb19 to 26 with a local church medical mission. The church worked with Childrens Nutrition Program of Haiti, an organization out of Chattanooga, TN. CNP has had a presence in Haiti since before the quake. (please check out http://cnphaiti.org/)

I was previously at Port au Prince last April with Project Medishare in their field hospital at the airport.I am proud to say both of these organizations were established in Haiti before the quake and are in it for the long haul.

I am a nurse and enjoy using my skills on these missions but it feels so temporary. I am motivated to help Haiti go beyond just recovery to a healthy ...( I lost the words, well fed,, safe water, healthy, safe, country that I would want to live and work in.)

For now, all I can offer is a week now and again.

I'm interested in the technology of grass stoves, seems like a place to start, don't know much about them.

Back to our medical mission, we 10 have a strong desire to make the trip an annual event. Our "Captain" had been in Haiti with the CNP twice before with another group tied to CNP. He gathered our group together for this, our first trip.


I don't have knowledge to share with this group, I hope this group can teach me some things and it all ready has. I would hope to someday go to Haiti to see your various technologies implemented.



At 8:17am on April 6, 2011, Jock Gill said…


I will try to learn how to do what you ask.  My current thinking is that Haiti is an excellent place to try to escape from the "American Hologram", a term coined by Joe Bageant, and move towards Lester Brown's "Plan B".  I believe pyrolysis and its co- product biochar will be important to this effort.


I believe that it will be key to introduce both pyrolysis and biochar to the young people of Haiti so they can make it their own and invent locally appropriate solutions in terms of technology, scale, and price.  To this end, I offer this post on iCans for Educators.  It shows how to make low cost/no cost hands on educational tools.


The link below shows a simple application of iCans to cooking:



And this link shows an advanced project:



The above links are probably more useful than my earlier work posted to Flicker.  In any case, they are merely departure points.  They are NOT final solutions.  They are merely introductions to the concepts.


I very much encourage all experiments in using vetiver biomass as fuel.  I have made very nice biochar from grass pressed into tablet form.  Please note that each and every fuel type you use will require that the iCan be TUNED for the specific fuel type, form factor and size.


Now the challenge is to find educators who want to introduce pyrolysis and biochar to their students.  I hope they will do amazing things.





At 2:51pm on April 17, 2011, Bob Watkins said…

Hi Criss: I'm only a struggler. I've been working for Haiti since 1979. Still have a foundation there. Have done PL480 which is a bad joke. Medical clinics, community and infrastructure development, charcoal replacement, ovens, political thought, church development, and a bunch of other stuff. I began petitioning USG for assistancve more than 6 years ago for a vetiver program. They laughed at me. I'm still interested and have many indigenous groups and pvos who want something to do. I am unable to raise $$ because now I refuse to ask. There's way too much phoney fundraising in Haiti that supposedly does a lot of good for the people. Be serious. I am not interested in working with any other ngos or ongs. I'm probably not a good candidate for any organizational involvement since I really don't fit in with most groups. It's not their fault, it's mine. Best of luck to you and your group. Vetiver has vast potential for Haiti's good. And I suppose some will probably try to cash in on its marketabilty for the "good" of the people. Forgive me if I sound a bit jaded, but I've seen the elephant and it's not a pretty picture.

Best Regards,



At 5:55pm on April 20, 2011, Joseph J. Reynolds said…
Thank you for the welcome aboard note and summary about Vetiver, which helps our understanding even more.  The quote you used from the World Bank agronomist, who wrote years back, "trees don't stop erosion; forests do." I must add to his excellent statement what I tell people so often:  ... and it is "the leaves layered upon the ground that prevent erosion, within the forest where they are held in place by the lateral roots of the trees."  Vetiver is an erosion fixer and preventer, but until now I never considered it as a forest starter in barren land, whether sloping or not, for the moisture retntion qualities. In extremly dry areas (during the extended dry season) we plant banana trees in the rainy season and immediately adjacent we plant our tree seedling on the north side.  The banana tree holds the moisture throughout the dry season and its broad base shades the seedling, partially, during the parching time of the year and this lasts for the first three years.  However, the Vetiver offers more flexibility.  It may also provide for much more rapid income, which as you know is a primary concern at the grassroots and in many cases an obstical to planting trees.  It was nice of you to send me the information.  By the way, agroforestry is the way of the future for changing grassroots agriculture and I hope that I can be an influence in that area.
At 3:20am on April 23, 2011, Joseph J. Reynolds said…


When I commented back to you the tilt came on saying that I had exceeded 2,000 characters so I placed my comment into the blog.



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