The Question Remaining

The Question Remaining At the end of my summer in Haiti, I am stuck with a question, which I have come to see that many others in the line of agroforestry technology have been stuck with. Why is it not easier? This may seem like a simple-minded question, but it racks at me. The technology… more →

Fête!

On Friday night we had a party, shindig, get together- whatever you would like to call it. Everyone invited the members on their different teams and jess invited many of her Haitian friends. Around 30 people showed up! At first it was a bit separated between the interns and the Haitians due to the language… more →

The Stories Soil Tell

One of the books I was fortunate to read this summer was Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. As the title suggests, the book followed this historical evolution of agriculture, and in parallel, the rise and fall of the myriad new agrarian societies that popped up all over the globe. The book is exhaustive in details… more →

Plant Pressing Party

Throughout the summer Bre and I have been collecting plant specimens from Bois Jolie and Morne Michel and pressing them at our house. This past week we began mounting these specimens and last night, after dinner, Bre and I got the last specimens glued down. They are now waiting to be labeled and sorted into… more →

Plant Pro

My internship this summer consisted of traveling to different mountain towns (Bois Jolie and Morne Michele) and spending the night. While in these villages, we would hike to different households and ask to interview them for my survey. Most of the time they said yes without even knowing what my survey was about, which I… more →

How Smart are Haitian Farmers?

Although many lack formal education, most of the farmers I have met are a proud reminder that our world has plenty of brilliant people with minimal education, and highly educated half-wits. In this reflection, I would just like to share some of the surprising, pleasing, and humorous anecdotes and information I have received while doing… more →

Coming to a Close

As our last week in Haiti approaches, everyone is beginning to wrap up their projects and research. Earlier this week, the PSF team took our last hike, conducted our last interview, and said our goodbyes to our Haitian coworkers. It’s a strange feeling knowing that we will not be going out to collect data and… more →

Summer Chores

Each time my team has traveled to either Morne Michel or Bois Jolie the residents of these towns have helped us transport our provisions up and down the mountains via mules. Usually what happens is they meet us where our driver drops us off and we load our food and water for the next day… more →