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 →

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 →