On Tuesday Dr. McGrath, Sega, Ford, Linnea and I arrived in Cange once again excited to check in on how things have progressed in Bois Jolie since our last visit. I had been back to Bois Jolie once since our big trip over spring break, but it was still to early for the coffee seedlings to have sprouted. So when we arrived at our peppiniere (nursery), I was just as excited as everyone else to see that almost all 10,000 seedlings had peeped out from the dirt in their little planting sacks and made the big switch from respiring the energy stored within their seed to the magnificent task of photosynthesis! This is the very task that makes these little plants carbon-sequestering machines, and which will eventually allow these now tiny plants to grow and to produce all of the most critical ingredients to life: oxygen, income, and, of course, caffeine!
We also met with Monsieur Sentilus, the main “responsable” for the nursery within the community of Bois Jolie, and discussed future needs for the nursery. We decided to fence it in to keep out ravenous goats and overly interested human passers-by, and to use an organic insecticide tested out by students at Zanmi Agrikol’s Centre de Formation Fritz LaFontant that is made out of oil from the seeds of Moringa trees, crushed hot peppers, and garlic. We also made plans to expand the nursery to include more coffee seedlings as well as over-story fruit trees.
It was wonderful to see the landscape we were accustomed to since spring break transformed by the onset of the rainy season. Here are some pictures from the hike home to Cange from Bois Jolie, both in March and this week: