SOIL's First Agricultural Intern Graduates With a Thesis on SOIL's EcoSan Compost
We at SOIL are very proud to announce the graduation of Marckindy V. Etienne, SOIL’s first Agricultural Intern, with a degree in Ingénieur Agronome (Agronomy). He earned his degree at Université Chrétienne du Nord d’Haiti in Limbè, Cap-Haitien. Marckindy originally hails from the town of Acul du Nord which is near the north coast of Haiti outside of Cap-Haitien. He is the second youngest of six siblings.
Markindy was accepted as an Agricultural Intern at SOIL in order to assist with SOIL’s research on the use of EcoSan compost in Haiti and to assist Markindy in accessing an experiential learning component in his studies. Markindy’s dissertaton is entitled “Etude de l’effet du compost d’excrements humains sur le rendement de deux variétés arachide (arrachis hypogaea) dans la zone agricole de Mantenoir (SREDD Pister SOIL farm) commune de Limonade” (“The Effects of Using Human Waste Compost on the Yield of Two Varieties of Peanuts in the Agricultural Zone of Mantenoir Farm of Limonade”).
Markindy spent a total of 110 days working with SOIL as one of our first Agricultural Interns this past year. He has worked on a number of different project including the development and experimentation with EcoSan compost and facilitating exchanges with local organizations. Marckindy looks forward to collaborating with SOIL in the future as he continues to research EcoSan composting techniques utilizing different plants and vegetables.
June 17, 2013 (12:57 am)
Very cool! Any theories as to why to local peanut variety thrived more on the compost than the other peanut variety? It makes perfect sense intuitively…
June 19, 2013 (2:56 pm)
Zoe! We are so happy to hear from you and what a great question. Marckindy and our agronomist hypothesize that since the imported variety has been bred in a laboratory for certain environmental conditions, whereas the local variety has not, the imported variety is less responsive to nutrient inputs. It is possible that the imported variety was bred for growing in high nutrient environments and therefore not as sensitive to compost addition. Hope this helps! Stay tuned for the full report from Marckindy in a few months.