7 results for author: Kathy McAllister


Futbol Fever!

World Cup fever has hit Haiti, and futbol is the subject of conversation everywhere you go. SOIL decided on a recent Friday afternoon to get it in on the fun! It was a match to remember: the SOIL staff against the local champions from the town of Dubout. The field was ready and the teams were chosen. The opposing team arrived with their championship trophy in hand. They looked impressive, and it seemed a tall order to compete with such skill. But the SOIL team had heart and spirit, and as the match commenced, we cheered from the sidelines, along with community members who came to watch and enjoy the day.  Each department from SOIL - Sanitation, ...

Our Ambasadris

Her name is Joachim Gracius Philomene, but everyone knows her as Madame Bwa, or just Manman (the Creole word for "mother"). But no matter what you call her, the Ambasadris of SOIL North Haiti plays a crucial role in our work. Since the inception of SOIL in 2006, she has been spreading the word and helping change the health and sanitation of families throughout Cap-Haitien. She is met with respect and gratitude wherever she goes, and her word goes far with young and old alike. Madame Bwa is an inspirational community organizer in the neighborhood of Shada II, where she has lived for 36 years with her 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Many of our readers ...

Together We Plant for Change!

The 18th of May – Flag Day – is a day of pride and reflection for Haitians as the anniversary of the date when the first Haitian Flag was created after independence. All over the country celebrations happened: there were parades with marching bands and drill teams, gymnastics, music and presentations. Each school participated in activities to honor the day. SOIL invited students from the middle school College Bell Angelot to come learn about our activities and plant 135 trees (one for each student) on our grounds. We worked together to plant Moringa, Papaya, Sweet Orange and Avocado trees. As we planted the trees, we taught the students about ...

One Ear at a Time

At SOIL, we are always looking to learn and share knowledge. That's why every quarter we work with agriculture students from local universities who come and do an intern project with us. The training helps the students finish out their education and move from studying theory to actually having hands-on practice. They work on an experimental garden project and produce a final report that is not only helpful to SOIL, but required for their course work and graduation for their degree of Bachelor of Agricultural Science. As one of recent interns, Aline Pierre, noted in her research proposal, "This study will produce research and a final report that will ...

My Favorite Time of Year

We’ve been gearing up all week for the celebration of Haiti's Labor and Agriculture Day, which falls every year on the first of May. As two-thirds of Haitians farm, this holiday highlights the significance of agriculture to the structure of life here. It is one of my favorite times of the year here in Haiti, as across the country people celebrate the bounty of the land and the rich diversity of crops grown here. The street markets in Haiti teem with a range of delicacies: some unique to Haiti, such as the small black mushroom known as “Djon Djon,” some that are regional specialties, such as cashew nuts grown in the north, and some of which show ...

California Dreaming: SOIL's Agriculture Director Heads to Sustainable Farming Training

We are pleased to announce that our Cap-Haitien Agricultural Director, Romel Toussaint, has been awarded a scholarship to the Ecology Action six month internship! In this program, participants get involved in hands-on research in sustainable agriculture and closed-system food production using  GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. These practices maximize the effect of natural processes to improve sustainability and productivity. Double-dug beds, with soil loosened to a depth of 24 inches, aerate the soil, facilitate root growth, and improve water retention. Close plant spacing protects soil microorganisms, reduce water loss, and maximize yields. ...

SOIL Welcomes the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

SOIL is pleased to welcome Brock Dolman and Kendall Dunnigan, Co-Directors of The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's (OAEC) Permaculture & Ecological Design program in California to Haiti! OAEC and SOIL were originally brought together by our dear friends at the 11th Hour Project who are committed to solving global problems by fostering new connections. This visit is an exciting development in an ongoing SOIL/OAEC collaboration that started when 11th Hour sponsored members of SOIL to attend the Permaculture Design Certification course that Brock taught at the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba. At SOIL we are committed to ...