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Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Program
During the summer of 2013, CDi is launched its International Farmer to Farmer Exchange Program.
From mid-July until late September 2013, the CDi / New Earth Farm operation in Virginia Beach hosted CDi friend and colleague Guypson Catalis. Guypson had worked with us previously on projects in Haiti. He is a skilled foreman for construction projects. As a "boss-man" he gets the job done, as demonstrated during CDi's latrine construction in Seguin. Guypson is also a student of agronomy and a sustainability advocate. He is a Haitian living in Haiti who asks the right questions to become part of a home-grown solution.
During his time at the farm, Guypson assisted in and learned from day-to-day operations. He also had plenty of opportunity to build relationships with key people on the farm including volunteers. And he certainly was able to impart knowledge and observations back to us as well. In the evenings he was given intermediate English classes, which helped complement his conversational practice during the day.
Guypson's objective was to learn as much as possible at the Virginia farm. Having returned to Haiti, he is now completinf his studies and will start a sustainable educational farm within his community in Les Cayes in the South-West of Haiti: "Nouvo Tè Farm".
During Guypson's visit, CDi started building an outdoor kitchen as well as setting up a production line for biochar (what is biochar?) and biochar cooking briquettes. These projects will eventually support implementations in Haiti, where improved stoves and biomass briquettes reduce pressure on human and environmental health while providing efficiency gains and cost savings.
Biochar, a soil fertilizer, and the bio-waste briquettes will be used on location at CDi / New Earth Farm operations. It is our objective to locally sell these products and to use funds generated to expand the work of local partners in Haiti who are addressing the energy-poverty / deforestation nexus.
In Guypson's own words...
My name Catalis Guypson. I'm in 4th year University of Notre-Dame d'Haiti.
l am studying Agronomy. I want to visit NEW EARTH FARM in Virginia where I can learn more about organic agriculture, learn to install a green house, and learn about drip irrigation. During my time in Virginia I will make a presentation on the evolution of agriculture in Haiti and also in New York for Haitians who live in New York and other people interested in Haiti.
In the context of my work in Haiti, I would love if my range of activities in Virginia either help me set up a workshop on briquette production or help me build a composting workshop after I return to Haiti.
1) A workshop will enable briquette production. I will work with institutions that provide food for children in schools and institutions who work in rural areas. This will help me show people in Les Cayes an alternative to cooking without having to cut trees.
2) A compost workshop will help me show the people a lot of advantages available if they use compost in the field.
All these will help me grow my farm. Name of this farm is "Nouvo Tè Farm". If you help me in one of these activities, it will help me in my life. I will get money to pay my university and maybe awarded grants to larger field activities. I will improve the lives of my family. I have many beliefs everything will go well. I hope god bless you.
CDi would like to thank the following partners in making this program happen:
Guypson's Itineray - July 11 to September 23:
Most time was spent in Virginia, with excursions and R&R activities to make his stay a well-rounded experience.
Visits to the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment in Lexington, KY and to New York City took place together with related advocacy events.
Guypson Catalis, 4th year agronomy student from Les Cayes, Haiti