First Farmer Workshop

    This past Monday, Maxo and Bosquet, the head agronomists of Zanmi Kafe, convened a meeting between fifteen of the ZK farmers. We met at the home of Jean Nelson, one of the programs most successful farmers, and began to discuss a workshop series on terracing. In the meeting, we discussed several points, including… more →

Economic Exhilaration

To put everything that I will be discussing in this blog into context, I first have to talk about my own project in contribution to the Zanmi Kafe program. This summer, myself along with three others are conducting economic surveys to the Bois Jolie farmers. The purpose of the survey is to discover what purchases… more →

Sleepovers and Sponge Baths

This Monday night, we spent the night in the classrooms of the school at Bois Jolie. All of the Sewanee interns laid out our sleeping bags and we had a sleepover – asking each other questions ranging from “when was your first kiss?” to “what do you have a hard time accepting about yourself?” We… more →

Birds of Bois Joli and Morne Michel

On a recent visit to Morne Michel (May 2018) with the Singing Rooster Coffee Co. staff, Sewanee representatives presented the administrators of the St. Jean’s Summit Education Elementary School with a photo album entitled “Birds of Bois Joli and Morne Michel, Haiti” written by Sewanee student Cal Oakley. Pictured are: Chris Hornsby, Dr. Deborah McGrath,… more →

In the field with Singing Rooster Coffee Co. staff

Director of Zanmi Agrikol, Reginald Cean, discusses coffee and agro-forestry issues with staff of Singing Rooste (SR), Sewanee and CFFL student researchers and Dr. Deborah McGrath on the farm of Verdieu Nelson in Bois Jolis. Sewanee summer researcher (2018) Crystal Ngo and CFFL student Jacques Louisjeune joyfully smile about the new seedlings planted by Bois… more →

Zanmi Kafe’ coffee production meeting

On May 16, 2018 a group met at the Summit Education headquarters near Corporant, Haiti to discuss the process by which Zamni Kafe’ farmers can begin selling their next crop of coffee cherries to the Singing Rooster Coffee Company (SR) in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, https://singingrooster.org. The group discussed details concerning production, logistics, different varieties, demand and… more →

Cross Cultural Competition

I’ve never been very good at getting to know new people. As a kid, I made my younger brother scope out new friends for me, and as an adult, I have relied heavily on introductions made by mutual friends. Back home, I know only one activity that has truly allowed (and sometimes forced) me to… more →

The Calm Before the Storm

Preparation is finally over. The last week and a half has been full of work putting in data collected over the last couple of months by Haitian Zamni cafe workers, fun exploring new places, and relationship building in Mourn Michel and Bois Joli with the farmers there. The last 4 days have been stuck in… more →

Rituals at Saut-Deau

On Sunday we visited Saut-Deau, a scenic waterfall overlooking the Artibonite Valley of the Central Plateau of Haiti. The waterfall, about 100 feet high and the highest in Haiti, is an important catholic and voodoo pilgrimage site. Several accounts of sightings of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel exist, or in the Voodoo context, of… more →