Reforesting with Chokogou

Dotting the fields and gardens of several farmers in the Bois Jolie community are small wooden stakes with yellow and red tags tied to them. They are labeled inconspicuously with a series of letters and numbers, CK-##-#. Below each of these stakes is a seed, and within each seed is an interesting history and an… more →

From Co-Workers to Friends

I would like to shine the spotlight on the agronomist team that lead our group in our cooperation with the farmers weekly. They aid us in communication and training with the farmers and have been pivotal contributors to the program. They continuously hike up to Bois Jolie and Mourne Michel year-round to continue evaluating the… more →

The Climb

Every self-respecting 2000’s kid knows Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana’s hit single, “The Climb.” With lyrics such as “there is always gonna be another mountain // you’re always gonna wanna make it move,” it is clear why this song popped into Bernice and I’s head as we made our way up the mountain path to Bois Jolie… more →

Embodying the Haitian Spirit

Since the early 1500s when the first slaves were brought to the island of Hispaniola to the present day economic disparity that so many face, Haitians seems to have always had a relentless spirit. This relentless spirit that helped one of the colonies with the harshest conditions for slaves become the first free black nation… more →

Hopeful Reminder in Bois Jolie Survey

As this is my first time working with Zanmi Agrikol in Haiti, I have experienced a lot of firsts in the last two and a half weeks. One such first has been conducting farm surveys in Bois Jolie and Morne Michel. This past Tuesday, Conner and I were tasked with surveying one of the far-away… more →

Beauty

Beauty is something that I’ve always found alone in the outdoors. Locally where I live and back at school in Sewanee a place alone in nature is easy to find and fairly common. Back home a waterfall in a ravine was a place a could be alone and meditate for hours at a time. In… more →

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 →