Nouvo Tè Farm - A sustainable educational garden, farm and training center
Located near Les Cayes in the South West of Haiti. "Nouvo Tè Farm", which is Creole for "New Earth Farm", is situated on a parcel of land near the local market. The land is owned by our very own 2013 Farmer Exchange participant Guypson Catalis. In 2014 Guypson completed his agronomy studies. He has since visited us again in the States and has become full-time farm manager and project coordinator for this endeavor.
You can click through the gallery below for some images of the early work being done including land cultivation, seed starter bed preparation and the start of sowing with a variety of heirloom seeds provided indirectly by New Earth Farm.
In 2014 the project had its first transplants of varieties of okra, cucumber and other species hit the field, and initial education programs have taken place, including a composting workshop for community members and regional farmers.
As of January 2015, the new land has been cultivated, Moringa trees * have been planted around its perimeter, drip irrigation has been installed (thanks to Chapin Living Waters for the hookup!), and a satellite project with a community near Jacmel has begun under the leadership of Guypson. He is also currently training young Haitian agronomists whom we hope will soon have the opportunity to visit the States as part of our Farmer Exchange Program.
* Moringa Oleifera not only provides root support for the soil, its leaves and pods also contain 4 time the Potassium of a banana, 6 times the Vitamin A of a carrot, 4 times the Iron of a beefsteak, 4 times the Vitamin C of an orange and twice the Calcium of a glass of milk.
Please read below for details about the project, the needs and objectives, and to learn more about envisioned implementation phases.
This Project Still Needs You!
While we have secured the title to the land, we are still in need of your help to get the various enterprises we have planned started. These enterprises include of course vegetable production, but also rabbit production, aquaculture, a guest house, a wood workshop, an expanded tree nursery and biochar and briquette production. Please assist by making a Paypal donation below: