In Sadhana Forest Haiti, we have a nursery with the capacity to grow 50,000 trees a batch. We can potentially grow 2 batches a year, meaning that we have the capacity to grow 100,000 saplings a year. The construction of a tree nursery was an essential part of the project as there is currently no other major source to receive or grow these trees. This meant that we needed to be involved in the whole process from importing the Maya Nut seeds into the country, planting them in the nursery, and distributing them to the local population.
Once the trees are 6 months old they can be removed from the nursery, distributed and planted in the towns and villages.
When we transfer the saplings from the nursery we use a method that doesn’t require the tree to contain soil around it. This is called bear root transplanting. The benefits of such a system are:
- Plastic is not used to hold the soil around the saplings roots.
- Whilst transporting the trees we have the ability to haul many trees with minimal weight.
- We keep the nutrient rich soil in the nursery.
Tree Saplings Propogated in the Nurseries:
Currently, in Sadhana Forest Haiti we mainly focus on growing the Maya Nut tree (Brosimum alicastrum). We have already planted and distributed 80,000 Maya Nut seeds in our nurseries. We have also planted and distributed Moringa trees, Mango trees, Papaya trees, Lam (breadfruit) trees, and several other fruit bearing trees. All the tree distribution activities take place in the local area of Anse-a-pitres and the surrounding villages.