Trees, Water & People: Guest Blog: SOIL and TWP Work Together to Plant Trees in Haiti

This article is reposted from an original guest blog post on Trees, Water & People on September 30, 2013.

It’s been quite a year so far for SOIL! Among our many activities, we’re currently building a new office for our Cap-Haitien team in order to be closer to the SOIL farm and to reduce our long-term operating costs, we’re continuing to scale up our innovative new social business model for providing affordable sanitation services in Haiti’s most impoverished urban communities, and we’re transforming over 20,000 gallons of human waste every month into rich, organic compost critical for agriculture and reforestation. We sell some of the compost to support our ongoing sanitation activities, but some of it is used at our tree nursery to grow healthy trees.

Haitian school children plant trees

Haitian school children plant trees

Thanks to the support of Trees, Water & People, SOIL’s reforestation projects in Haiti continue to have a positive impact on improving food security, increasing rural incomes, and fighting soil erosion.

SOIL tree nursery Haiti

SOIL tree nursery Haiti

We’re happy to announce that we’re now almost halfway to our goal of planting 10,000 trees. There were a few hold-ups figuring out the best strategy to plant trees with a higher rate of survival (those pesky goats!), but we are on track to finish planting by the end of the year. So far, we have collaborated with the Scouts of Haiti, schools, community organizations, and our neighbors near the farm. There has been lots of positive feedback and a growing wait list for people interested in planting trees in their communities.

In the SOIL nursery, we focus on seeding fruit trees, which provide so many additional benefits beyond just re-planting Haiti’s largely deforested land. Not only will these trees help stabilize soils, they will also provide shade, food to eat, and an income for local people.

In the coming months and years, we will continue working with schools, community groups, and entrepreneurs to plant more and more trees in ecologically vulnerable areas such as mountainsides and mangrove terrain along Haiti’s coastline. We’re committed to ensuring that not only are we planting more trees every year, but also that we’re following up to make sure those trees have a lasting positive benefit for Haiti’s soil, environment, and people.

We’re very excited to continue this work with Trees, Water, & People and we thank everyone in Haiti and around the world that have supported this effort.

SOIL tree nursery Haiti

SOIL pride grows at the tree nursery Haiti

2 Replies to "Trees, Water & People: Guest Blog: SOIL and TWP Work Together to Plant Trees in Haiti"

  • Howard J Woodard
    October 28, 2019 (10:10 pm)

    October 28, 2019
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Your organization has been planting trees for reforestation in Haiti for sometime as I have read on your internet site. A group of volunteers from Brookings, SD including myself, is traveling to Mirebalais, Haiti in the first week of December 2019 for a service project with an organization called ‘Praying Pelican’. The pastor of a local church in Mirebalais has requested that we plant trees (total of ~100, of 2-3 species) in a church yard to help provide the congregants with some shade (in the future)…image attached.  Can you provide a source for purchase of some tree seedlings/saplings either in Port au Prince or Mirebalais? We would instruct the locals in how to plant etc. once we purchase and transport them to the site.
    Thank you so much.
    Howard J. Woodard
    Retired ProfessorAgronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Dept.
    South Dakota State University
    cell: 605-690-4569

    • SOIL Haiti
      October 30, 2019 (7:55 pm)

      Hi Howard,
      We appreciate you reaching out and thinking of SOIL for your upcoming trip to Haiti. SOIL supports the reforestation in Haiti through providing rich, organic compost to support agriculture and reforestation. We do not currently sell tree seedlings, however, if you would like to purchase some SOIL compost for your upcoming project please email us [email protected]. There’s a chance that our friends at SAKALA sell seedlings, might be worth sending them a note! Best of luck.

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