In Haitian Creole, “Fanm se poto mitan devlopman” can be translated into English as “Women are the cornerstone of development”. Benito Jasmin, local coordinator of the Global Giving Vegetable Gardens project in Lory, has learned from experience that women are a powerful force in Haitian communities. They use their new skills and income to improve the lives of their families and neighbors. Thanks to you, women in Lory have received materials and training which has allowed them to work and learn at the community nursery, transplant their own seedlings, and properly water their plants. The plants are now producing flowers and bearing fruit!
While working mainly with women, this project has also made an effort to incorporate men. Husbands have helped their wives prepare soil for transplants, helped with seedling transportation, and supported their wives in their agricultural activities. Benito commented that it was great to see husbands and wives making decisions together, and planning and laughing together.
With the promise that the women in this community have shown in their horticulture activities, new doors are beginning to open. Soon, the families will have the opportunity to raise chickens. The community and leaders are also exploring ideas to make Lory a more unified and well-kept community by planting trees and flowers, and they are even considering the possibility of future Eco-tourism activities in Lory.
Thank you for helping to supply the materials and training necessary to provide these determined women and their families with the opportunities and hope they need for the future! With your continued support, Lory will keep working towards becoming an economically self-sufficient community.
The “Vegetable Gardens for Improved Nutrition in Haiti“ project is making great progress! In January and February 2012, two Farmer to Farmer horticulture production specialists visited the town of Lory and met the student agronomist who is working with the garden project. They were preparing land for planting and had also done additional trial beds of various vegetables. The Farmer to Farmer team demonstrated techniques for seeding and thinning and also discussed plant nutrients and composting. As soil had been identified previously as a challenge, they also did soil tests. During the trainings, producers in Lory also had a chance to ask questions and much of that discussion was about composting. There were also additional field demonstrations in transplanting seedlings. Now in mid-March, more than 4,000 tomatoes seedlings as well as 2,000 pepper, cabbage, and eggplant seedlings are ready to be distributed to 50 beneficiaries in Lory. As the project continues to grow, your support is critical. The nursery is still in progress, additional supplies are needed, and on-going training and technical assistance will make sure the garden project becomes sustainable. Today – March 14th – is Bonus Day at Global Giving, with a potential 30% match for your donations. Give today to help improve vegetable production and nutrition in Haiti!
Over the past months, the small garden activities in Lory have provided a good foundation for this new project, and vegetables are growing! After receiving the first seeds, project coordinator Benito Jasmin worked with a student to help conduct soil fertility trials to see which soil composure made the most effective growth medium for producing seedlings. The trials especially focused on the right mixture of rabbit manure, which makes excellent compost and ties in well to other activities in the community. This project is helping fund a nursery in the community to house these seedlings. Providing seedlings to the community members, rather than just the seeds, improves the likelihood that the plants will successfully germinate and become productive, healthy plants. This is important for the community members’ gardens, and also their motivation. Photographed is a picture of the trials: sweet corn plants, just 14 days old, in trays with different soil composition. Among the types of seeds being germinated are sweet corn, okra, cucumber, watermelon, herbs, gourds, and other vegetables. A volunteer with the Farmer to Farmer Program, a collaborating program which provides training to local students and producers, is currently in Haiti to help find ways to lessen the pests and disease found in the soil. The volunteer and project leaders are experimenting with a few different ways of harnessing the heat from the sun to kill soil borne diseases. Soil quality is a big challenge for producers in Haiti, so these trials and the establishment of the nursery will be important to the success of this project. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this project! Your support is making a different in Lory, Northern Haiti!
The families in Lory have recently received their first donations of seeds and tools! To get this new project started off, several collaborators who have worked together with Partners of the Americas and our Farmer to Farmer Program pitched in to supplement project donations. Students from Rutgers University donated seeds and some spades. Farmer to Farmer volunteer Robert Spencer, of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, gathered and transported seeds, tools, and some other materials donated by Lincoln Farmers Coop (Tennessee), Alabama Farmers Coop, Marshall County Farmers Coop (Alabama), and Spencer's Farm. We would like to thank all of our supporters, and our online donors, for your generous contributions. These donations came just in time, since August and September are an ideal time to plant vegetable seeds in Haiti. Everyone is excited about future of this project in Lory.Partners of the Americas’ project leaders will be traveling to Haiti later this month. During their trip they will visit the project site, talk with local project coordinators, and plan for future stages of this project. Also, on October 19, GlobalGiving is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! So any donation you make on the 19th could have 30% more impact on lives in Haiti. And again, we thank all our donors for your generous support.Stay tuned for pictures and more updates!
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