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Feb 27, 2013

Improved Vegetable Production in Raised Beds

Vegetable gardens
Vegetable gardens

Partners would first like to thank all our generous donors who have made this project possible! Your donations have provided supplies and trainings to families in Lory and we hope to keep bringing you good project updates that show the impact of your assistance.

Through collaboration with the Farmer to Farmer program, a team of organic agriculture specialists from Vermont recently traveled to provide training in integrated, sustainable farming. In Lory, they looked at improving practices in vegetable seedling production and transplanting, compost, and other areas.

An excerpt from their trip report is below: 

"The Lory community members that we worked with ... were very enthusiastic and had prepared raised beds with compost before we came. They were constrained by land availability, sun exposure, seed availability, and heavy soils with poor drainage. They valued the use of bagasse [the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice] based compost that Makouti has been producing and were extremely supportive of each other and eager to exchange ideas with us. Saintano [the village field technician] had good technical knowledge and seemed to gain confidence and comfort working with us over the course of the week." 

Based on their work and the trainings provided, some recommendations to further improve the gardens in Lory are:

  • Clay soils with limited drainage are a problem so raised beds and as much compost as possible will help improve soil tilth and drainage. 
  • Row cover should be used to cover beds until seedlings are able to withstand chicken damage.
  • Continue compost workshops and additional pest management training is needed.
  • Acquiring access to more and better land for the women’s group to work collectively as skill sets develop in vegetable production.

Training on these and other topics will help strenghten the impact of our work in Lory. Thank you again for your collaboration!

Oct 14, 2012

Accomplishments and Next Steps in Lory

tomato seedlings
tomato seedlings

The Lory Project is moving along, thanks in part to your generous donations!  While still focused primarily on vegetable gardens for nutrition, through collaboration with other groups such as the Farmer to Farmer Program, the project now also has a small animal component to add meat.

Below are some accomplishments to date, along with next steps and future plans.

  • Last year, we produced over that 4,000 tomato plants. This year, our potential is 10,000 seedlings and we have more pots so we can produce more seedlings.
  • 10 families have a watering can to water their plants.  More families need watering cans. The good quality ones cost $15 each.
  • 50 families are producing vegetables. Farmer to Farmer volunteers are helping find good quality seed but this continues to be a challenge.
  • 4 back-pack sprayers are available to help families control the insect damage. For now, 4 are sufficient. But as people produce more, they will need more and each is $50.
  • 20 woman are raising rabbits. There is a high demand for rabbits. 20 more cages need to be distributed to double the number of beneficiaries and increase the production.
  • 10 families are raising chickens. More supplies are needed to increase chicken production.
  • This year, by producing their own vegetable and meat, each family saves HTG 20 000. (USD $500). More varieties of vegetable are needed. Nutrition is a need and training will be provided on cooking techniques and suggestions for incorporating different vegetables into meals.
  • This year, by selling vegetables and rabbit and chicken meat, each family earn HTG 15 000 (USD 375). More varieties are needed to sell more. New market linkages are needed as production increases.

As the project progresses, your support will be critical so we thank you for your continued interest in the Lory Vegetable Gardens for Improved Nutrition project!

raising chickens to improve nutrition
raising chickens to improve nutrition
Oct 5, 2012

Success in Kenskoff: Spreading Knowledge

A proud recipient of a manual on meat production
A proud recipient of a manual on meat production

Thank you for your generous support of the Feeding Families Project in Haiti! As mentioned previously, once things got off the ground in Grand Boulage, activities were spread to nearby communities such as Croix des Bouquets, Sibert, and Kenskoff. Here is a highlight from one of those communities. 

In Kenskoff, funds raised through Global Giving were combined with other donations to purchase and distribute 20 rabbit cages. Training was provided in rabbit production and general management and the number of rabbit producers increased from 17 to 41. In addition, 27 rabbit raisers were trained in meat quality assurance.  Future plans for small animal production in Kenskoff including continuing to work on a rabbit marketing strategy and increasing production. They would also like to set up a hygienic meat processing plant.

In order to spread knowledge and training further, project funds covered the cost of bringing together 20 key production leaders from seven communities, including Kenskoff and Grand Boulage, to be part of a rabbit network meeting in Port-au-Prince. As the rabbit marketing network grows, producers will have more options for selling their animals and will be able to get higher prices.

Kenskoff is also receiving assistance in vegetable production and 23 producers from Kenskoff and Croix de Bouquets were trained in low cost techniques that can help improve their harvests of lettuce and cabbage. Goals and plans for vegetable production in Kenskoff include setting up a small nursery and training producer on how produce strong seedling as they are currently losing a lot of time and money trying to manage seeds.

It is with the support of donors like you that we can accomplish so much. Thank you again.

Cage distribution
Cage distribution
Discussing retail packaging options
Discussing retail packaging options


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