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

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Food...and not just for thoughts

Good sources of food and cultivation - environmentally feasible and that can be mailed in single envelopes are


mung beans


and chia



Posted on January 19, 2011 at 4:40pm — 2 Comments

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At 10:09pm on July 18, 2010, Mike Mahowald said…
Hello Oretta,. thanks for telling us more about sundrying tomatoes. We are really trying to make this project work and hope the humidity on this mountain top will not be too high for them to dry. I would love to communicate with you, I will contact you.
At 6:03am on September 20, 2010, milon roy said…
hello ,i am a new member from kolkata, India , i wants knows more about Haiti agriculture / construction/ chicken poultry , i wants a make small project of agriculture if u can help me
i will can do for Haitian .
At 4:50am on June 5, 2011, The Caribbean Institute said…

Hi Orietta

A couple of activities in the design phase right now.

I just completed managing a USAID project in Jamaica (see www.usaid-comet.org) and a Caribbean regional juvenile justice project for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, and am now back in Haiti. We're currently at the very beginning phase of starting up a new agriculture program with the University of Florida that will work with Haitian farmers groups, the Ministry of Agriculture, and small rural entrepreneurs to improve food production (especially increase animal protein). The lab research component of the program is in Gainesville and the field adaptation and extension part of it will be based in La Plaine du Cul de Sac. So we are doing a fair amount of shuttling between Haiti and Miami. Your blog has gotten me curious about mung beans. Will do some online research on mung beans. Is your activity located in Haiti? Regards- Bert 


At 9:53am on June 6, 2011, Marcos Medina said…

Hi Orietta! Thanks!


Trying too get to all my emails...  Made some important contacts regarding Guadua in Haiti... will get in touch with you later.





At 7:11am on August 13, 2011, Myrlande baptiste said…
Hello Orrieta,
I receive your welcome message.I am living in Miami temporaly ready to move back home Haiti to help my Country.My Grand parents are from Cotes-de-fer we own a little of lands .Let me know where to start.
At 8:30pm on August 14, 2011, Marjorie Brennan said…

Hi Orietta, Thanks for the welcome!  I am so glad to have found this forum and look forward to participating.  You have some exciting projects!



At 7:28am on October 8, 2011, Myrione pierre louis said…
Hello Orieta from Australia! I'm from Florida but was born in La Source, Cots de Fer, haiti. I left when I was really young but my family always travel back every year. And every year we go the place becomes more deserted as the young ones emigrate to other countries and never return and the elders just can't keep up with keeping the town together and with the lack of knowlege and education, the trees are being cut, destroyed, whether for charcoal sale or cooking. People in haiti doesnt realize the true value that trees have but recognize only the monetary value instead. Haiti is in great need of reforestation projects and education about the consequences of them destroying trees. People of Cotes de Fer and other town are slowing starting to become aware of the longterm effect of cutting them trees but yet has an obligation to feed their family and have access to other options. Some people that's all they fo for a living is making charcoal to sell. How do address the issue of them possibly putting a stop to it. Unless other options are presented for these charcoal merchants to still make a living, they will not be receptive to our efforts.  I'm now trying to start some animal breeding and animal husbandry programs to help some get into the habit of raising animals to resell instead of cutting trees to make charcoal. But my biggest challenge right is initial investment. It cost nothing to make charcoal except for the physical labor n a match light. Animal breeding means an initial investment to start and must don't have the funds. 

Anyways, some of us have great ideas and are really working to help our towns but there's so many barriers and obstacles that it get so difficult and eventual a burden to yourself. Having the intention to help and having the means and knowledge is a different thing in itself. I'm open to ideas that you may have to help. I would be happy to assist in your projects and ideas too. Just stay in touch n keep me posted as how I can of assistance. Take care and god bless!
At 4:44pm on October 8, 2011, orietta said…
Hi Myrione,and what a great soul you have. I totally agree with everything you feel that is just the phylosophy we all hold. And yes people are becoming aware, therefore education remains vital. Yes, there are infinite obstacles, but it is a fight I will never give up. It is selfish, really, it makes me feel that perhaps I will leave a small corner of this world a litlle bit better. Your views are confirm me that the fight is worth it, as it is your generation that will continue on. Cote de fer is magnificent, and so is the island of La Gonave, for whose people I work. Mike is doing a tremendous work and we must all support him as best as we can, for it is his job that might very well improve something in Haiti and for all those who want to listen. I would like to keep chatting with you, if you please, but we would take too much space in this forum that is for other reasons. I am on FaceBook and Skype. For now, let's keep the good work going as we best can.
At 9:23pm on December 25, 2011, kenel lazare said…

Hi Oretta, thank you for answering me. I am very happy to join this group. I am looking for help to start a chicken farm in Haiti. I hope joining the group will be helpful for me.Merry Christmas to you and your family and the other members. 

At 10:51pm on December 26, 2011, orietta said…

Hi Lazare and Myrione, I trust you had a joyful Christmas. I just posted some plans for the chicken tractors on FaceBook. Are you there? Otherwise, my Skype ID is; orietta227. Anyhow the informations are all in this website. Where about are your people? Mine are in the island of La Gonave. I am working at a donation plan whereby donors give one chicken and one tractor to each family. We shall see if it works in January. Please let us know more and ler's work more for an Haiti by and for Haitians. Hopeing for a MUCH better year. Orietta

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