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Mangos

I have learned a thing or two about mangos as I have been around them all day, almost everyday since I arrived. First, I have learned a few different kinds of mangos and how you eat different kinds in different ways. For most mangos, like fransic and blancs, you can peel the skin off and… more →

Learning together with CFFL students

Ford Rushton, Elizabeth Sega, Reginald, and CFFL students The second week of our internship, Ford, Sega, and I were assigned the frightening task of teaching our first class!  Agronomist Reginald, is a professor from Zamni Agrikol and lives with us in the Clinique Externe at the Zamni Lasante hospital in Cange.  He asked us to… more →

Wisdom from Haiti

Lessons learned by 2013 Sewanee interns in Haiti: 1) As soon as you make plans they are almost guaranteed to change 2) Hurry up and wait is the norm, you need to learn to relax and be open to not getting everything done when, where, or how you may want it to 3) While in… more →

Agr.Noel maxo

puisque la production caféière en Haiti est en voie de disparition nous obligeons de monter a bois jolie de mettre en place une pepiniere contenue 15000 plantules de café et d’autres plantules comme sede, accajou,mague francique pour aider aux familles a réintégrer cette production qui était dans le temps une source de revenue pour eux.… more →

Intro Summer 2013 Interns

Linnea Carver, Ecology and Biodiversity (C’14) I began my involvement with Pwoje Zanmi Kafe and the Sewanee Haiti Institute while taking Dr McGrath’s human health and the environment class.  She encouraged me to participate in the spring break outreach trip that Sewanee runs every year in Haiti.  Ever since my first trip with Keri Bryan… more →

Intro Summer 2013 Interns

Ford Rushton, Natural Resources (C’14) After a nice talk with Mr. Dixon Myers, I decided to go on the Spring Break Outreach to Haiti to gain some hands on medical experience. At one of the meetings for the outreach trip I met a spritely professor named Dr. McGrath. A little encouragement from McGrath convinced me… more →

Intro to Summer 2013 Interns

Elizabeth Sega, Biology (C’14) I learned about the Pwoje Zamni Kafe with the Sewanee Haiti Institute during a Green Convene meeting last fall when Keri and Dr. McGrath presented the beginning stages of the PES project. Dr. McGrath then encouraged me to sign up for the Haiti Spring Break Outreach trip and for her class,… more →

Rainy Season News

We arrived at Bois Jolie to find these cute little guys so newly sprouted that they were still holding on to their seed coats.

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 →

Spring Break: Enket

Parcels of Participant families are shown in green, the portion of their land that they indicated they would like to dedicate to growing coffee is shown in yellow.

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 →

Spring Break: Nursery Construction

we flattened the nursery area by building a terrace wall and moving earth around with any available "tool."

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 →