Zanmi Kafe

Photosynthesis!

Ben McKenzie and Pierre Wakenfort  assessing photosynthesis rates, Bois Jolie, Haiti. May, 2015. Zanmi Kafe interns Ben McKenzie and Pierre Wakenfort practice using the Licor 6400 to measure photosynthesis in a farmer’s field of corn and beans.  These sun-loving annual plants capture carbon at a rate of 20 umol/m2/sec in full sun!  The sophisticated 40-lb instrument… more →

Bug Bug

Mary Margaret Johnson (Zanmi Foto) discussing Scott Summer's biodiversity analysis of the Zanmi Kafe project. Zanmi Lasante, Cange, Haiti. May 2015.

Mary Margaret Johnson (Zanmi Foto) discussing Scott Summer’s biodiversity analysis of the Zanmi Kafe project. Zanmi Lasante, Cange, Haiti. May 2015.  Scott and Geanina Fripp are identifying different species of ants and other insects to characterize the community of invertebrates available to defend the coffee seedlings against predators and pests. [photo: Pradip Malde]

The Rhythm of Morne Michelle

Farmers of Morne Michelle planting seeds for a nursery which may be modeled on the Zanmi Kafe Project. Morne Michelle, Haiti. May 27, 2015 [Photo: Hunter Swenson] Today we (Geanina Fripp, Hunter Swenson, Peter Davis, and Scott Summers, and myself) experienced a new aspect of Haitian community life. A group of Zanmi Kafe and Zanmi… more →

Zanmi Kafe Update – February 2015

Zanmi Kafe- Sustainable Agroforestry and Payments for Ecosystem Services in Haiti Zanmi Kafe (Partners in Coffee) represents a collaborative effort between Sewanee, the NGOs Partners in Health and Partners in Agriculture, and farmers to establish diverse and more sustainable tree-based agroecosystems in the deforested central plateau region of Haiti through the reintroduction of shade-grown coffee.… more →

An Afternoon at the Nursery

  This photograph was taken on the first day at the Bois Joli nursery, where shade trees were given the Zanmi Kafe farmers. There were mango trees, along with several other species, which will provide the cover necessary to sustain a successful coffee crop on the mountaintop. Several farmers here are lined up waiting for… more →

First Distribution of Coffee Seedlings

Bois Jolie farmers collect the first batch of coffee saplings from the Zanmi Kafe nursery. Haiti, May 26, 2014. Madame Josephine Exana takes her coffee saplings home. May 26, 2014. Professor Deborah McGrath, Agronimist Bosquet Wupuy and Madame Josephine Exana admire her first planting of a coffee sapling. May 26, 2014. [photos: Pradip Malde]