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Citadelle Laferrière- 2018 Visit

Most of what you hear about Haiti is centered on its poverty, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Most people don’t know about their significant role in the emancipation of slavery in this part of the world. Haiti was the first independent African-Caribbean nation, gained through its revolution in 1804, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Haitian-Revolution, from France. This… more →

Completing the Supply Chain- Singing Rooster Coffee

Zanmi Kafe is the name given to the relationship that was forged between various participants from the University of the South and the forty-farmer co-operative in Bois Joli, Haiti. The association began with this group of farmers, through the Haitian organization, Zanmi Agrikol https://partnersinag.org/ and its educational affiliate CFFL, the Center for Formation Fritz Lafontant, seven… more →

Haiti Spring Break- March 2018

Eight Haitian interns from the Center for Formation Fritz Lafontant (CFFL) school located at the Zanmi Agrikol https://partnersinag.org/ facility in Corporant, Haiti; six interpreters and graduates of CFFL; two professional agronomists also from CFFL; two Haitian cooks, fourteen undergraduate students and four staff members from Sewanee and five mules, formed the procession that made its annual… more →

The Question Remaining

The Question Remaining At the end of my summer in Haiti, I am stuck with a question, which I have come to see that many others in the line of agroforestry technology have been stuck with. Why is it not easier? This may seem like a simple-minded question, but it racks at me. The technology… more →

Fête!

On Friday night we had a party, shindig, get together- whatever you would like to call it. Everyone invited the members on their different teams and jess invited many of her Haitian friends. Around 30 people showed up! At first it was a bit separated between the interns and the Haitians due to the language… more →

The Stories Soil Tell

One of the books I was fortunate to read this summer was Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. As the title suggests, the book followed this historical evolution of agriculture, and in parallel, the rise and fall of the myriad new agrarian societies that popped up all over the globe. The book is exhaustive in details… more →

Plant Pressing Party

Throughout the summer Bre and I have been collecting plant specimens from Bois Jolie and Morne Michel and pressing them at our house. This past week we began mounting these specimens and last night, after dinner, Bre and I got the last specimens glued down. They are now waiting to be labeled and sorted into… more →

Plant Pro

My internship this summer consisted of traveling to different mountain towns (Bois Jolie and Morne Michele) and spending the night. While in these villages, we would hike to different households and ask to interview them for my survey. Most of the time they said yes without even knowing what my survey was about, which I… more →