3 results for tag: peanuts

Theo Talks Episode 11: Preparing the Peanuts

Join SOIL's charismatic Regional Director Theo Huitema on another adventure in EcoSan. This time, Theo takes you to the local peanut factory, where some SOIL staff members are preparing peanut shells to be crushed into po pistache, the favored cover material used in Cap-Haitien. Before the shells are crushed, SOILies sift through the piles to pull out any rocks or other large debris that would damage the machinery. Take a look, and enjoy! Check out the entire Theo Talks series!

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 in the local variety, creating an average yield between the 4 plots of 1.1 lbs without compost and 1.9 lbs with compost. We ...

Experiments in Composting: Po Pistach!

We are REALLY excited up here at the Cap-Haitien office about our new cover material: ground peanut shells! We have been using bagasse (a byproduct of sugarcane production) for years, which has been doing the job, but perhaps not breaking down as fast as we would like. It’s important for us to have a carbon material that works well with feces to break down into compost in a timely manner, as now we are processing so many people’s “waste”. Because sugarcane production is a large portion of the Haitian agronomy sector, it’s been easy for us to obtain as much bagasse as we want. However, we have recently become good friends with Meds for Kids, ...