I first visited Haiti as a freshman on an outreach trip through the Office of Civic Engagement, our work was to collect tree survival data for the Zanmi Kafe reforestation project, which aims to use a payment for ecosystem services model to promote long term tree planting and carbon sequestration in order to protect the… more →
My team spent this past Thursday and Friday in Morne Michel. We arrived mid-morning on Thursday and spent the night, leaving after our survey work on Friday morning. This was our first of three visits to Morne Michel for our research and the physical differences between it and Bois Jolie stuck with me. For starters,… more →
It’s been a little over a week since we arrived in Haiti and I’m pleased to say that things are going well. When we arrived last Monday, I was somewhat anxious about my research methods, but after working out the kinks I feel much better. My research this summer is centered on bird biodiversity in agroforestry… more →
After years of planning, we begin to bring Zanmi Foto into practice. Our CFFL student partners (the bright green bubble) will be at the center of a community development project that uses photography and discussions around photographs as a way of building resilience and building a development narrative (‘soft data’). The photographs and discussions will… more →
Mirabeau Sainville, Agronomy student at CFFL, discussion the Zanmi Foto project [photo: Pradip Malde] We have completed our first day here at Centre Formacion Fritz Lafontant (CFFL) where we met our four students and introduced them to the Zanmi Foto project. Three of the students are studying agriculture and the fourth is studying woodworking. All… more →
Want to understand better what Zanmi Kafe is? Deb McGrath wrote a great article for College Planning & Management’s (CPM) magazine, outlining the project in a very understandable way. The article was featured in CPM’s “Trends in Green: Sustainable Innovations on Campus” section. Partners in Coffee – Sewanee – CP&M – January 2014 CPM is… more →
After spending four days in Haiti, the Sewanee-Haiti Institute team recognized that the most significant and influential aspect of the project is collaboration. Working together, combining effort and thought for a common goal, it’s what makes the project strong, supported, and effective. Deb, Dixon, Pradip, Charlotte, and Linnea landed in Port au Prince, Haiti airport… more →
Members of the Sewanee-Haiti Institute presented the Zanmi Kafe project at the 2014 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual national conference. Post-baccalaureate fellow Charlotte Henderson (’13) and students Linnea Carver (’14) and Elizabeth Sega (’15) gave a stellar presentation. They spoke of payment for ecosystem services (PES), outlining how the… more →
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.