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A Cohort of Visionary Agronomy Students

Whenever the scale of the work ahead of us to ensure everybody has access to sanitation in Haiti or that the ecological systems are restored to their life-giving potential feels too daunting, all we need to do is to spend a little time with students in Haiti. Throughout the summer, SOIL’s office in the north of the country hosted a few wonderful visits from visionary university students across the region who are setting out to build careers in agriculture, soil sciences, and environmental restoration. In July, a cohort from a university in a town called Pignon and another school in Ouanaminthe came to SOIL’s composting waste treatment site ...

Notre Dame Student Finds That SOIL Compost is Pathogen Free

John Strutner from the University of Notre Dame recently traveled  from Indiana to Haiti in order to collect samples of SOIL’s compost and test it for fecal pathogens.  SOIL assiduously follows international public health standards for the composting of human waste as it converts over 5,000 gallons of poo per week into nutrient rich fertilizer. Now thanks to John’s study, we have evidence that  SOIL’s efforts are paying off.  John found that pathogenic material present in the human waste that SOIL freshly collected from ecological sanitation toilets around Haiti was no longer present after going through the composting process. As John ...