Monthly Archives: May 2018

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 →

Cross Cultural Competition

I’ve never been very good at getting to know new people. As a kid, I made my younger brother scope out new friends for me, and as an adult, I have relied heavily on introductions made by mutual friends. Back home, I know only one activity that has truly allowed (and sometimes forced) me to… 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 →

Being Brave

I’ve always been a little braver with a camera in my hand. It gives me a purpose and a place. If I’m in a situation that makes me nervous or anxious, as soon as I am looking through a lens, I know where I am. Coming to Haiti, I was very nervous. I did not… more →

Une Mélodie Joyeuse

Although I’ve done my fair share of international traveling, my past travel destinations have been limited to several countries in Europe and the extremely tourist-populated Cancun, Mexico. While it’s true that I’ve picked up on new cultural practices in each location, no travel experience thus far has been nearly as much of a culture shock… more →

Reminiscence

As soon as we got to Haiti, we dove straight into work preparing for our hike up to Bois Jolie to meet the farmers. The plan was to distribute the carbon payments, take their photos for Zanmi Foto, and preview the economic survey. All semester I was so busy developing the economic survey, attending meetings,… more →

Feelings of Home

As Cecelia Ahern once wrote, “Home is not a place. . . it’s a feeling.” No truer words could have described my experience as our group of six traveled to Haiti to begin our journey for the summer. All semester long, we had been preparing for this trip, but as the final days leading up… more →