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

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Reason we picked TLUD stoves as Haiti Reconstruction International's 1st project to help Haiti

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Our members have worked and studied Haiti’s most desperate problems and believe we have come up with the best possible solutions.  Haiti’s root cause of food deficiency comes from erosion and loss of good soil coming from lack of trees and ground cover on Haiti’s mountainous terrain.…


Posted on October 11, 2011 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Just 8 months of growth on properly planted vetiver collected 15cm of sediment!

Sediment collected from eroding soil above with leaves and debris is the best soil on these hillsides!

It keeps the nuitrients and moisture in the soil.

Once there is enough humus, it will be the best place for vegetable gardens!

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Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

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At 9:28pm on April 22, 2010, coquillon Olivier said…
Thank you Mike. Hi every body I let you know that Haiti needs your Help and please help us to rebuilt Haiti by taking care of our earth, by planting trees and by providing education. Let me present myself: I am Olivier COQUILLON, I am from Gris Gris a locality in the south East of Haiti, in 2008 I was the first laureate of my department and they don't even thought of me. Education is the key of all developpment, please sisters and brothers don't be scared to invest in EDUCATION.
At 9:30pm on April 22, 2010, coquillon Olivier said…
Thank you Mike! Sisters and brothers thank you in advance for your help.
At 7:06pm on July 17, 2010, orietta said…
Mike, sundrying tomatoes requires them to be brought indoors overnight or the tomatoes will reabsorb the night moisture, unless one full day is enough to completely dry them. And yes, I think they will be accepted in the local cuisine, especially if spiced with one of their like acra. The sundried tomatos have a strongenough taste to hold equally stronger tastes. Can be marinated in oil, although it might be an expensive option in Haiti. In Italy (though I am in Australia) we dry them on wire racks in the sun, and cover them with a cloth for the overnight indoors, no need for solar. Need to contact you Please!
At 8:46pm on July 17, 2010, orietta said…
Hi Mike. I represent Association Amis des Enfants in La Gonave and am president of A.A.E. Australia Inc. here in Melbourne, Australia. I would like to make contact in view of some form of cooperation between us, if you please. No need to convince us about vetiver, have been on this issue for years and we are almost making it. Please let me know if I can contact and explore possibilites. Thanks Orietta L'Abbate
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At 2:10am on July 18, 2010, orietta said…
...another NGO that will donate water wells or help establish school lunch programs for farmers and communities that establish good vetiver hedgerows....I have the NGO already feeding the children at the "out of school meal plan" (our school is damaged), their parents-farmers and many refugees....all they need is the vetiver to plant...
At 12:17am on July 19, 2010, orietta said…
Tips for “Italian-style” sundried tomatoes (some you know, so please excuse in advance);

On kg of fresh tomatoes equal approx 100grm of sundried,
Wash, then last rinse with a bit of sodium bicarbonate (eliminates bacteria)

We use two frames with mosquito net. The tomatoes are sandwiched in between, so they can be turned, protected from insects and drain water.

After cutting them in halves, we salt them (a bit more than for a normal salad) as salt accelerated drying

After six hours a thin whitish film indicates a successful start of the essiccation. Removing the film drains the inner water and leave the tomatoe drier.

Sundry for six or seven hours a day for 5-6 days (in Haiti probably less).
Bring indoors overnight.
In case of overcast day, leave them indoors and wait for sunny days.

Good with:
Capers, anchovies, origano (as you see strong spices like acra, chilli etc.) compacted into jars and filled and covered with olive oil.
The keep for a year in the pantry.

They can be sold off trays (keep them off insects and dry).
At 8:49am on August 19, 2010, Michelet Jean Charles said…
Dear Mike,
Thank you for showing love for such a desperate nation. Your reward is waiting for you in heaven. I would appreciate to meet junior and see you. My phone number is 507 457 7474(home), and 507 429 6713(cell). We will talk soon and thank you for sending me your contact number.
At 2:05am on September 03, 2010, Vicki Nikolaidis gave Mike Mahowald a gift
Hello Michael ,Haiti Reconstruction has the plan for real help. Please check our "Haiti" page http:asnycnowradio.wordpress.com/Haiti I added info about HR & may I add a quote from you? Thanks.Vicki
At 12:40am on September 4, 2010, Vicki Nikolaidis said…
Thank you for the lovely rose!
I'll keep writing articles and posting about Haiti Reconstruction and the projects this is the only answer for people around the world to have a good life.
At 1:03pm on September 6, 2010, Jason Fox said…
I reckon the vetiver is much more suiting for IMO's than sawdust. You can easily mass produce with various techniques. Master Cho has a book called "Natural Farming" that is a good start to the process and includes ratios of mixes. Let me know if theres any other info I can help with. Aloha, Jason

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