Monthly Archives: May 2014

First Biodiversity Survey in Bois Jolie

At last, after countless hours of preparation and an innumerable amount of group meetings, we finally saw the fruits of our labor today. The Zanmi Kafe team, comprised of four Sewanee students and four Haitian CFFL students, began our day by visiting Madame Exana’s home in Bois Jolie to attempt our first full biodiversity survey.… more →

Zanmi Foto: First Photographs

Yesterday, the Zanmi Foto team looked on as the first four families in Bois Joli received their cameras. The moment was very exciting as the CFFL students explained first the basic operations of the cameras, how to charge the battery with a solar panel, and how to take a photograph.  

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]

Mirebalais Market

  Mirebalais, one of Haiti’s oldest towns, has been a nodal point for commerce and agriculture for almost 300 years. Now, it accommodates a modern teaching hospital, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais while sustaining a large hinterland of farmers through a densely packed and active market. We visited its stalls to get a sense of market values for… more →

Life and Death in Haiti

Today we hiked to Bois Jolie to begin distributing mango, sed and akajou seedlings (the first to come out of the 16,000 seedling nursery after sowing them 15 months ago). It was a joyful occasion; we were so happy to see our friends, the forty farmers, and the beautiful healthy seedlings. The day was made… more →

Zanmi Foto Training Day 3

Today’s plan for training with our CFFL partners is sketched out above. We are moving forward with the Photo Survey of Zanmi Lasante, as Caroline Minchew and Chandler Sowden build a list of survey locations, priorities and key data points. Meanwhile, Brooke Irvine is working with Marie Flore Chipps Lafontant to setup a workplace for… more →