Bees Arrive at the SOIL Farm

Bees Arrive at the SOIL Farm

Last Saturday, beekeepers arrived at the SOIL farm carrying two bee-laden hollowed-out logs on their shoulders, and it didn’t take them long to transfer the bees to the two wooden boxes constructed specially to house them and support honey production. That same afternoon SOIL friends and staff members clambered to be first in line to taste the pieces of extra honey comb oozing with rich, amber honey. Jean Claude and Job Etienne from SOIL’s agriculture team, sectioned off pieces to hand out to the curious crowd that had gathered...

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A Successful Peanut Harvest in Cap-Haitien

A Successful Peanut Harvest in Cap-Haitien

Some great news from the SOIL farm in Cap-Haitien: a recent harvest from the experimental peanut gardens yielded very promising results. SOIL compost nearly doubled the yield (based on weight in lbs.) for a local variety of peanut. We planted four large plots in our experimental garden, each containing four “treatments” – an Indian peanut variety with and without compost, and a local variety with and without compost. Though the compost seemed to have only marginal effects on the Indian variety, it produced impressive results...

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How Does SOIL Make Its Toilet Seats? With a Vacuum Cleaner, a Stove Top Burner and a Roll of Aluminum Foil

How Does SOIL Make Its Toilet Seats? With a Vacuum Cleaner, a Stove Top Burner and a Roll of Aluminum Foil

Hold on to your hats as SOIL gets sucked into the future! We purchased a standard household vacuum, a single stove top burner, a roll of aluminum foil, and have created our very own vacuformer box. With this new technology at the farm workshop, we are now able to produce our own urine diversion seats, the specially designed toilet seats that help make SOIL’s EcoSan toilets easy and pleasant to use. A vacuformer works by heating up an enclosed box, on top of which is a 1/16″ PETG sheet of plastic. When the plastic sheet begins to...

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Exciting Developments in Urban Gardening Taking Root in Shada, Cap-Haitien

Exciting Developments in Urban Gardening Taking Root in Shada, Cap-Haitien

Our beloved Madam Bwa amazed us again this month with the beautiful bounty of her rooftop garden. Our jaws dropped at the gleaming jewels of eggplant hanging heavy from their stalks, tomatoes, spinach, peas, basil, oregano, oranges and more! Her roof seemed a veritable Garden of Eden in the middle of Shada’s concrete jungle. Madam Bwa recounted with great relish the pleasure she found in her ability to augment her nutritional palette without having to spend more at the market. Plain rice can now be diri pwa kongo! (rice with Congo peas)....

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SOIL EcoSan Toilets Provide Sanitation Services for Haiti’s National Carnival

SOIL EcoSan Toilets Provide Sanitation Services for Haiti’s National Carnival

This year Cap-Haitien was chosen to host Haiti’s National Carnival and we’re all still recovering from a beautiful week of dancing and music. The city saw an influx of over one million people: hotels were fully booked months ago, new ones were being built overnight, friends were pulling out extra bedding and sleep mats, and tents were popping up all over the city. But even in the midst of Haiti’s biggest party, SOIL was focusing on sanitation! Through collaboration with the city and the Haitian government ministry for sanitation...

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SOIL and the Scouts of Haiti Plant 800 Trees

SOIL and the Scouts of Haiti Plant 800 Trees

Last Wednesday, SOIL partnered up with the Scouts of Haiti to distribute and plant 800 trees in Madeline, a community about 15 minutes outside of Cap-Haitien’s center. This project is our first big step toward SOIL’s goal to plant 10,000 trees between January and June of this year thanks to Trees, Water & People and all the individual supporters that made this project possible. SOIL rolled up to Jaden Fleuri Primary School with our little blue dump truck filled with 800 saplings as the throng of school children greeted us with...

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