Our planting tutorial and “Kitchen Garden” distribution, organised by Nixon, went extremely well. He gave an excellent presentation and distributed a majority of the 8,000 Bell Pepper plants that have been growing in the Nursery aside our Maya Nut trees. Amongst those at the tutorial were representatives from numerous community organisations including; GPLA and Fondase. Enjoy the benefits of Kitchen Gardens!
Our brilliant team of Haitian longterm and International volunteers have worked wonders with the recycling. I took this photo as we were all about to tuck into a well deserved breakfast. Mesi Anpil; Nixon, Wood, Ronnie Wood, Enorve, Rosevelt, Chrisnel, Patrick, Krishna, Jean, Atul, Rex, Ornwipa and Sora!
Truly and utterly incredible! Unbelievable, all the amazing work put in by Sadhana Forest Haiti and the Maya Nut Institute (Erika and Autumn) has resulted in the Maya Nut seeds shooting after one day! Now we have several hundred growing very happily in our wonderful soil mix. Look forward to further photos as they develop. Thank you MNI!
We are currently preparing the site here in Anse-Pitres, Haiti to host a Creole Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course from the 3rd to the 14th of June.
We are delighted to offer this opportunity in collaboration with the SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) organisation based in Port-au-Prince who are doing wonderful work there transforming wastes into resources. More can be found on their website here - http://www.oursoil.org/soil-to-help-host-a-permaculture-design-certificate-course-in-june/
The main teacher will be Jean Arnaud, SOIL’s Sustainability and Capacity Development Consultant. Jean was part of the award winning group, UMass Permaculture, which last year was recognized by President Barack Obama in Washington DC as Campus Champions of Change. He will be assisted by a local team trained by him in permaculture last year. We hope this will open up a huge amount of time to share with everyone involved in the course.
The course will be the standard 72 hour syllabus with a high emphasis on local practical applications including all topics as below:-
* Theory and principles of Permaculture
* Eco-friendly house placement and design
* Energy conservation techniques
* Recycling and waste management
* Organic food production
* Water harvesting and management
* Ecological pest control
* Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
* Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
* Windbreaks and fire control
We no longer have any more places left on the course and so this page is mainly to ask for volunteer support in helping to with the logistics of the course such as cooking, site preparation work, hygiene management and all else that needs to happen to keep the course running. You will not receive a PDC but by giving this time you’ll have the opportunity to share a lot with all the participants, be a part of some of the lessons and so learn a great deal from the experience.
Please email us at sadhanaforesthaiti(at)gmail.com for further details in getting here and how you can be a big part of this course.
We hope to see you here soon…
This month we have been super busy with infrastructure work so that we can host a Creole Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in June 2013.
Firstly, a 70 year old architect came to build an amazing structure that he designed, built efficiently from locally available materials that gives excellent ventilation and can also survive a hurricane or earthquake. We liked the design so much, http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/kreole_house, that we decided to build two.
We decided to place them in the back of our land where we have a big plate of bedrock that would be ideal for the huts to stand firmly on. Also in our overall site design the growing food forest will soon provide privacy to the huts too. We then played with the orientation using a template frame so that we got the best airflow through the huts from the natural site winds.
Once we were happy with the design we started to build, first the cement plate and then the wooden structure.
As you can see from above it is a wooden structure of 2″ by 4″s. It has a central pyramid that has 4 tetrahedrons (a polyhedron of four triangle faces) on each side, the face in the cement you cannot see. All those a fan of Buckminster Fuller will know that these structures are extremely strong due to being based off triangles. They are pinned together with metal pins and rebar in the cement plate.
This main frame was then strapped with more wood so that the metal (Aluzinc, made from recycled aluminium) roofing could be installed.
Here’s how they look finished in the landscape.
The huts are designed so that four couples can sleep in the triangle loft peaks and then the downstairs can either be used as a social/workshop space, or we can put bunk beds and so house up to 24 people in each structure.
After finishing these huts we finished the roofing of our main hut teaching space so that we can comfortably host the Creole PDC course with SOIL that will run from the 3rd to the 14th of June. If you want to come join us in our work and sleep in one of these great new dorms then email us for more details at sadhanaforesthaiti(at)gmail.com