Monday, February 12, 2007

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Food and Jobs

Patricia Eddy, Judge John Laurent and Susan Peloubet meet in early February, with local farmers, co-ops, agronomists and other authorities to try to decide the best course of actions to create jobs which will produce foods for the Haitian villagers. The group visited this coffee co-op and met with those that have successfully run it for over 10 years.
Another co-op was visited in Terrier Rouge that used solar panels that were removed for safe keeping each night. Those panels are used to pump water to the cisterns. Farmers then use watering cans to water crops each day. Another farm project in Pignon plants mango, banana, papaya, and many vegetables. This farm is also experimenting with a fruit drying process to see if that would be a good way to preserve the fruit.
The group looked at many options of farm animals from chickens, goats, rabbits, to pigs. Each group has its own set of challenges. HBHH feels very blessed to have Judge Laurent, an agriculture specialist, to help implement the best plan when funding becomes available. Posted by Picasa