April 25, 2011
Thanksgiving in Haiti Nov 2011-4th trip
Jacob and I, and our first volunteer, Mary, spent Thanksgiving with the Wynne Farm family as we continued our work with the Women Who Plant. We hiked to the village of Nan Payol to see the trees that they have been growing since May. It is truly humbling what these women can do with a little help. Not only did they grow the seedlings to plant for the project, 500 peach, avocado, citrus, jimba (for firewood) and cedar to sell for floral arrangements, but they grew even more trees to plant. They reported that the second batch of black beans did not sprout! These were local beans. In the village of Robin the women had success with their black beans and one young woman made compost and used it on her beans and got 6 times the yield of most women who still use fertilizers. Yay! We also held tree grafting workshops at Wynne Farm. Mary, volunteer extraordinary, is a Master Gardener in Olympia, Washington and shared her skills with over 200 women, men and children! They loved learning how to graft apple trees and they loved Mary. The women made a biodynamic solution and sprayed it on Janes’ new strawberry patch using a broom. You use what you have!
On another note, we have had all water filters donated for the women now. Each time someone picks up their filter we ask the women if the children have been treated for parasites. They now are saying yes they are starting. The clinic in Kenscoff is far away from the village and not dependable. If they go and are not seen they have to walk back up the mountain and come the next day.