seeking economic security for Cerca la Source

Larry Mulligan - March 12 2009, 12:31 AM

I had the privilege of visting Haiti for the 1st time in Feb, 2009. While I was at least somewhat prepared to witness the material poverty, I was blessed to see the spiritual & emotional health which would be the envy of any 1st world country, especially my own.

We are now reviewing what we studied before we left in relation to what we saw. The information you provided in advance, especially that of Linda, I think of as invaluable.

We are now drafting a proposal re subject, & again solicit your wisdom.

My thought is to stress, A) re food crops, 1) family gardens, since there is a parish garden available as a model and a ready resource (HAFF, Pignon), and 2) breadfruit, as there is reported to be a nearby commercial growing operation at Los Posos, a 1 hour walk, and the immediate prospect of a trial to determine if conversion to a flour is feasible; and B) re non-food possibilities, 1) the Jatropha Pepinye at Terrier Rouge, to the NW of ClaS, as well as EEJ facilities in SW Haiti, as our friends are both aware & invested in this prospect, despite some apparent opposition, and 2) lumber & charcoal trees being grown at HAFF-Pignon.

Also worthy of consideration, re A), above, 3) peanuts (see Meds & Food for Kids) & 4) the HAFF-Pignon trio of chaya (spinach tree),moringa (drumstick tree) & basket vine (as well as fruit trees), C) farm animals, 1) creole pig, aka Haitian black pig (cochon-planche), & milk goats (see HAFF-Pignon), and re B), ante, 3) hanif, which is not indigenous to the Carribean but for which we may have a ready market at Concept Industries of GR, MI.

All input is welcomed!

<Prev (   1 of 16   >)   Next >
Return to Message List

Comments 1 - 10 of 15

Linda says...

Larry, I'm glad that I could help. I just came back from my last 3 week stay in Haiti. I actually thought of visiting... more »

Tiba says...

Larry, Welcome back! how did you find Haiti Thomas? I hope Haiti Quisqueya is still at the same location (smile), it's... more »

Linda says...

Larry said: aEoeWhile I was at least somewhat prepared to witness the material poverty, I was blessed to see the... more »

Larry Mulligan says...

Thank you, Tiba, for your comments & suggestions. It is good to get some "local" feed back. If you want me to get the... more »

Larry Mulligan says...

Linda - Thank you for your comments and Qs. As I said to Tiba, local input is invaluable. I wish we had the... more »

Linda says...

Larry, the accusation is not personal; It was simply a statement of fact. As you yourself said it, you were only in... more »

Larry Mulligan says...

Linda - Thank you for your continuing input, even though it is critical. When I received your latest contribution, I... more »

Linda says...

I am beginning to develop some respect for you Larry. I am too tired right now to know if what I am observing in your... more »

Tiba says...

Larry, I can tell you have a great heart that really wants to make a difference in the lives of others, but I also... more »

Larry Mulligan says...

Tiba - I am sorry to hear my fellow countrymen were so unwilling to listen & learn. I am trying to avoid that. I am... more »

1 - 10 of 15 « First  ‹ Prev  1 2  Next ›  Last »