Spring Break: Nursery Construction

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 seedlings. Here’s a photographic play by play of our progress!

When we first arrived at Bois Jolie, our nursery site was cleared of vegetation but was still on a slope, so we had to flatten the area with hoes, shovels, and banana fronds.

When we first arrived at Bois Jolie, our nursery site was cleared of vegetation but was still on a slope, so we had to flatten the area with hoes, shovels, and banana fronds.

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

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

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Next we built the roof to the nursery and attached the shade cloth.

Next we built the roof to the nursery and attached the shade cloth.

Putting the shade cloth/roof on top of the frame: a triumphant moment.

Putting the shade cloth/roof on top of the frame: a triumphant moment.

We mixed dirt. We all wound up filthy but somehow all of the Haitians involved managaed to stay perfectly clean.

We mixed dirt. We all wound up filthy but somehow all of the Haitians involved managaed to stay perfectly clean.

Next we filled 3,000 of 10,000 "saches" with soil and press one little white coffee bean into each.

Next we filled 3,000 of 10,000 “saches” with soil and press one little white coffee bean into each.

The whole team in front of our completed nursery!

The whole team in front of our completed nursery!

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