Spreading Compost Love
Jean Delinoit works at SOIL as part of the agricultural team, helping to water the experimental gardens, take care of the animals, and working with the rest of the agriculture team on project implementation. He sees first-hand the benefits of SOIL compost in terms of soil amelioration and increases in food productivity. His dream is to further develop the area of Dubout (the area where he resides, and where our SOIL office is located) agriculturally, and to increase Haitian food culture and food security. Therefore, in his free time, he’s taken to working with a group of youths about gardening with compost!
On May 1st, which is a celebration day here in Haiti for local food production, SOIL participated in festivities in northern Haiti, giving out little bags of compost for community members to try in their gardens. Jean gave out compost to a group of 21 youths in AJDAP, a Dubout community youth group focused on development, where he has been teaching about the benefits of compost, and how to keep a household garden. The response has been enthusiastic, and land was recently loaned to grow a bigger garden. The youths participating will be able to grow food there with compost, and are excited about carrying out their own experiments to see the difference.
Thanks to Jean for spreading the compost love – it’s initiatives like these that keep the SOIL spirit strong. Go compost!