In November 2016, a young woman from the community who had resolved to pay her university tuition by selling some of her family land that she would inherit, approached the Foundation with this problem. The Foundation decided instead to use a traditional way by renting the land for gardening purposes so that we could have the opportunity to experiment with permaculture techniques so that at the end of the 5 year rental agreement, she would have her land back in better condition, hopefully, and we would have learned newer and better ecological gardening techniques that might be interesting for the local farming community. The land has just been fenced in and we are waiting until the rainy season to really dig in. We hope also to use this land as a place to do garden work for our visiting groups where we could talk with local dedicated farmers of the area about farming and its challenges.
In collaboration with OPAPAM’s permaculture and Maya Nut reintroduction to Haiti, NSF was gifted with @1,500 seeds of the Maya Nut. The first tree nursery has yielded a 50 % germination success rate. We have begun to distribute seedlings to different organizations, the first was to a local youth who received a training on transformation about compost before they received their trees and to other community efforts in areas around the country, one to PDL in St. Raphael, one to CODEHA in LaVallee Jacmel, and one to the fantastic urban organization, SAKALA in Cite Solèy. We will be continuing to distribute as the means to send the trees to areas devastated by the hurricane arise and locally as the rains come in the spring!