Welcome I am happy to see you care for Haiti and hope you can share this information with others, comment or critisize and contribute your knowledge to help others. Our Members will make a difference and can help Haiti become the pearl it once was.
I just read your blog on Haiti Rewired and looked through the websites, I love them. this is what we want on our pages also. I will connect links to them from here, also beleive of utmost importance whenever you make compost is to make sure it will not wash away in the rainy season, most of Haiti is on hillsides and it all ends up in the ocean.
I am going to rewrite my Produce mor food page to incorporate more of you program as soon as I get time. Thanks Mike
PS why don't you update your profile on our site and if you want I can make you an administrator and you can add pages and information easily on this site.
Hi Jean, sorry I have been so busy lately out side HR have many meetings tomorrow so may be few days, before I can update pages. Will put some of your stuff under fertilizer page and renewed 3rd step Produce more food when finished. Also will add a link to member pages.
I am not in Haiti now nor will be for quite some time yet. Do have others there, I will see if I can find anyone interested in pushing for you USAID funding.
Hi Jean, sorry its taken so long to get back with you, I have added a page microorganisms and updated 3 produce more food page along with the biochar page. If you would like I could make you an adminstator and alter or add to pages? Thanks Mike
Hi Jean I made you an administrator so you can add and alter pages. this is a pretty easy site to add links photos and documents from your computer or your web address. Thanks for what you are doing I trust your expert advice. To add subtabs look under My Network If you would like to start a group discussion that would be great and also look for more members.. I hope we can find someone in Haiti to help also. I will not be there until December but we have other members that are, Thanks so much.
Hi Jean, Our member Joel Ducasse is your best bet, he is working under the WINNER project and wrote this last month
I am an agronomist and entrepreneur with activities conducted on a 30 year span in:
- field production (plantain, tobacco, sweet potato, papaya),
- hog and cattle production, meat processing,
- biotechnology (micropropagation of banana, sweet potato plantlets, biofertilizers and biopesticides production, production of inoculum for edible mushrooms).
Presently, I am in the process to establish an agri processing bio farm, on which I am also investing in a vetiver nursery to protect watersheds, and I will also offer a market for the vetiver leaves from some watersheds to pelletize and market them with a pellet stoves in the kind of the Peko Pe i will also produce. My established capacity will reach 1 million vetiver slips par week in the next 2 months. I am currently at one third of this capacity, with my main market in Gonaives and Ennery.
I hope Joel will help you, he seems to be the most capable of understanding the value of effective microornaisms living in Haiti. keep me in touch. Mike
Jean-Luc. Thanks for letting me know about this. I spent a little time looking into it--it certainly is interesting. I notice that certain countries, such as New Zealand, have implemented it's use. Do you know of any current trials at using EM in Haiti? Thanks, Marjorie
Hi Jean Luc, thank you for trying to help my dear Haiti. I was thinking about an oven for the country side that use something else than charcoal. I wanted to builda biodigester in order to have natural gas,but I think your Biochar system will be better adapted to my oven. Yours Yvon.
Hi Jean-Luc, We are hopefully getting our training center running soon in Arcahaie and will need composting toilets. Once we start filling buckets we will empty them in an area protected with vetiver hedgerows. We want the compost to heat but was wonderng if we should add any specific fungus or EM's. I am not sure when I will be going next but this training center will be a good platform for you interests.
Thank you for your prompt response. If you visit our web www.signahaiti.com you will note that we have been in the 3d panel (monolithic concrete) construction business in Haiti for 20 years. All of our buildings near the PaP region withstood the earthquake without any damage and we are presently building schools, medical facilities and private residences through out Haiti.
What is of particular interest for us at signa haiti is to be able to link with private persons and ngo's that have similar intentions, so that valued resources are not minimized and can be collectively joined for common solutions.
With respect to the bio-char, we have found from experience, that vermiculture (worm compost) is a much more energy efficient and nutrient producing solution for our intensive agronomic programs. At our Arcahaie nursery we provide vermiculture workshops and can assist with farmers who may be interested in establishing their own sites.
I'm sure that here are many more interesting discussions we may have towards agronomic solutions for Haiti.
Hi Jean, Thanks for the welcome. I am impressed by the unique work you folks are doing in Haiti. Did not know that there were groups who are progressive i these appropriate technologies. I am a farmer from Ontario Canada, and just arrived back home from a 2 week trip to Haiti. We are looking to assist farmers in any soil and environmental know how, particularly erosion control on the mountains, as well as search for ways for them increase food production and marketing opportunities. I met with a group in Grand Goave (Seeds of Hope) - Tony Jones) who are working with about 600 mountain farmers in coffee production (Haitian Bleu) and are marketing in Canada, with a portion of profits going directly back into the local community to support teachers in 5 schools. CRWRC is also beginning a farmer support program together with ZOA in Leoggane to teach them on contour trenching to prevent soil erosion and soil hydration. I am connected with them as well. Regarding Bio Char, Vetiver grass, and any sustainable system for increasing soil health, etc, are passions which I would like to promote. I read somewhere on your website that someone is growing large amounts of Vetiver in Arcahaie. Could you put me in touch with him, as this is also where we hope to set up a vocational Training Centre in near future ( Town of Justin).
If I had known about it ealrier, I would have visited his farm, but definitely will do so next time. Actually, we may be willing to help him market the vetiver as other groups are interested in getting their own supply. Once our training Centre is up and ruinning, I would like to discuss some networking opportunities for our students to come to your Centre in Arcahaie for periodic training.
Thanks again for your good work, may God bless you!
I dug through much of the site and greatly appreciate it. I'm going to Limbe in January to work with Helping Hands Noramise (www.noramise.org). We are going to be doing some development on a demonstration farm/homestead, and will need to find sources for vetiver, moringa, pigeon pea, bananas, and some NFTs like Leucaena and gliricida sepium. Do you where these are available - especially vetiver - and what the general cost is?
I love, and will help install, a vetiver + NFT contour alleyway system on the eroded hillsides of the property, and the organization is currently using a TChar stove at their headquarters in Limbe. We might need to source another one to bring to the farm site, in order to char some overgrowth.
Do you have any information on AEM that I can read? One of the essential aspects of this trip is, 1) plant vetiver hedgerows, and 2) get some soil microlife regeneration taking place through mulch and establishing "chop and drop" plants.
Further to our previous emails, you will have noticed I am interested in almost anything and everything low-tech and hi-tech, but the former is my focus for the time being, especially as it might apply to the interests of Haiti.