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Permaculture in Practice Regeneration & Re­forestation of Wastelands in Haiti

Update!! 4/21/14 ****We have an anonymous donor that will match ALL donations above the $35/person up to $2000!!!***


Imagine a land of bare bedrock, a few cacti clinging to the moonscape, debris from the last charcoal harvest littered on the limestone.This is the scene of the once flourishing tropical land of Haiti.

Now imagine Maya Nut trees shading Haitians from the hot sun while they harvest a healthful abundance of mangoes, oranges and breadfruit below. The soil builds up over the limestone bedrock and gardens are planted. Fresh water returns to replace the plastic baggies strewn about. Haitians are no longer dependent on foreign aid.

The current state of Haiti is seen as a wonderful blank canvas to the volunteers of Sadhana Forest. It is an opportunity to paint the landscape to solve the country's social, economic, and ecological problems. Join Ryan, Marcia, Amy and Sophie on May 1st at the Spoon Revolution in Concord, to help Sadhana Forest help Haitians help themselves.

Sadhana Forest Haiti, through permaculture practices is reforesting desertified wasteland ecosystems by implementing water and soil conservation strategies that also address human needs (food, shelter, cooking, resiliency, soil building, recycling trash into usable bricks, humanure/urine recycling, energy harvesting, etc)  

The off grid, gift economy, vegan, permaculture community is working on long term, slow solutions to degraded ecosystems through reforestation and long term community involvement. This presentation will cover these strategies and give the full history and scope of this important work. 

The greenhouses at Sadhana Haiti have grown 40,000 Maya Nut, Moringa, Neem, tree seedlings, indigenous food/medicinal-producing trees with a multitude of uses.  Sadhana Haiti has distributed these trees to the local community through plantings in kitchen gardens and local parks. The project is now seeking to have a greater widespread impact throughout Haiti and this project needs our help! (When we were there, the Haitians kept asking us when will be able to plant more trees all over Haiti, not just in Anse-a-pitre!) 

 Please join us for a lively discussion, presentation and a four course meal provided by the Spoon Revolution Vegan Bistro! 

$35 a person - There is limited seating so advance payment is requested.  Over half of this $35 will go to Sadhana Forest Haiti!

 There will also be an opportunity to contribute more to the project if that moves you! 

Send check to Ryan Hvizda -- made out to Permaculture Initiatives --  322 High St, Boscawen, NH 03303

Thank you for supporting this work!

(Desert landscape of Haiti due to 200+ years of deforestation)

Using discarded clothing (which litters the land, shipments of donated clothing arrive by the truckloads several times a day)  as mulch and whatever organic matter on hand, seedlings such as this moringa tree are transplanted on to the bare limestone ground and are watered by hand or by plastic bottle wick irrigation (come the presentation to learn more!)





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  • Candis W.

    Many thanks to Marcia, Sophie, Amy and Ryan for the work they did in Haiti last year and for bringing this energy and information back to us. I heard several times "I had no idea..." The food at the Vegan Bistro was delicious!

    May 3, 2014

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