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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 →

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 →

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 →

Zanmi Kafe’ coffee production meeting

On May 16, 2018 a group met at the Summit Education headquarters near Corporant, Haiti to discuss the process by which Zamni Kafe’ farmers can begin selling their next crop of coffee cherries to the Singing Rooster Coffee Company (SR) in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, https://singingrooster.org. The group discussed details concerning production, logistics, different varieties, demand and… more →

The Calm Before the Storm

Preparation is finally over. The last week and a half has been full of work putting in data collected over the last couple of months by Haitian Zamni cafe workers, fun exploring new places, and relationship building in Mourn Michel and Bois Joli with the farmers there. The last 4 days have been stuck in… more →

Rituals at Saut-Deau

On Sunday we visited Saut-Deau, a scenic waterfall overlooking the Artibonite Valley of the Central Plateau of Haiti. The waterfall, about 100 feet high and the highest in Haiti, is an important catholic and voodoo pilgrimage site. Several accounts of sightings of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel exist, or in the Voodoo context, of… more →