Join Sewanee’s Keri Bryan, C’12 on her last trip as a post-baccalaureate fellow to Bois Joli, Haiti. During her fellowship, Keri worked with Dr. Deborah McGrath to launch an agroforestry project centered around coffee production, in partnership with a Haitian organization called Zanmi Agricole. Dr. McGrath continues to expand the project with Haitian agronomists, Bois Joli farmers and Sewanee students.
The media piece was photographed and produced by Stephen L. Garrett (Sewanee C’01) from a trip to Haiti in May, 2013. Stephen is the Senior Visual Media Producer for the Office of Marketing and Communications at Sewanee. His multimedia work has taken him to 13 countries and across the US as a field producer and photographer. In 2012, Stephen was nominated for 3 regional Emmy awards, along with Nathan Clendenin (Sewanee C’00), for their work for UNC Hospitals.
A presentation about the Zanmi Cafe project!
On Tuesday Dr. McGrath, Sega, Ford, Linnea and I arrived in Cange once again excited to check in on how things have progressed in Bois Jolie since our last visit. I had been back to Bois Jolie once since our big trip over spring break, but it was still to early for the coffee seedlings… more →
The final major component of our spring break trip was the interviews we conducted with Haitian families. These interview involved collecting baseline socioeconomic and environmental data, basic family information that will be required to register families to sell carbon offsets, information on current land use and coffee and tree planting preferences. We also created geo-referenced… more →
As a part of spring break, we worked together with Haitian families to construct a coffee nursery. The coffee will grow in the nursery for about two years. During those two years, we will focus on planting fruit trees and other trees that farmers prefer to create an over-story to provide shade for the coffee… more →
Over spring break, a portion of the Outreach Program trip came to Cange to work with Dr. McGrath, Johnathan Salazar, and I. One of the primary goals of this project is to facilitate student educational opportunities surrounding offset generation, and this trip piloting an educational partnership between Sewanee and the Centre de Formation Fritz LaFontant… more →
After a long but action-packed break from blogging, I am returning with a lot of news of progress made since my last post. As a recap, a team at Sewanee, including Dr. Deborah McGrath, myself (Keri Bryan), and Jonathan Salazar, are working together with our long-term collaborators in Haiti, Zamni Agrikol (ZA, a sister organization of Partners… more →
After a long stint of crunching numbers and writing proposals and grants since I returned from Haiti in October, I traveled to Cange once again last week with Dr. Deborah McGrath, Pradip Malde, and Will Watson for a brief trip that turned out to be a whirlwind of productivity. In an effort to distill some… more →
This Wednesday and Thursday Daniel and I had the amazing opportunity to travel into an extremely rural part of Haiti, to some of the most distant families served by Zanmi Agrikol’s Family Assistance Program. The locations we visited were called Nan Chambo, La Croix, and Boule, and we also met with representative groups from Decide… more →
After a long day of travel Daniel and I arrived in Cange Sunday evening. It is cooler and more lush than when I came in the spring, which was during the tail end of the dry season. I find myself woken each morning by strange bird called and the growing murmurs of voices coming from the… more →