Haiti

Aart van Wingerden examining trees A treasure trove of tree seeds
Aart van Wingerden examining various tree species A treasure trove of tree seeds

Reforestation became one of DOUBLE HARVEST'S priorities in our development of an agricultural project in Cazeau. A tree plantation of leucaena, azadirachta indica (neem), catalpa logissima (Haitian oak), casuarinas equisetifolia, and eucalyptus camadulensis was planted to build up seed inventory. Major tree planting projects were undertaken with USAID funding at the "Madsen" farm in Bon Repos, Gardere land near Thomazeau and other areas in the Cul-de Sac valley.

Measuring the milk Planting a forest one tree at a time
Measuring the milk Planting a forest one tree at a time

Together with Bob Ambroise a milk processing plant was built in the town of Bon Repos giving the small dairy farmers (1-2 cows per farmer) a buyer for their milk. The milk products were marketed under the BOVAN brand.

Bob Ambroise with BoBan Cheese Aart checking on the tomato harvest
Bob Ambroise with BoVan Cheese Aart checking on the tomato harvest

In 1981 two hundred acres of farmland was acquired in Roche Blanche (White Rock) and a major focus on growing process tomatoes was begun. Working together with Tony Bouchereau in Leogane, Charly Baker in Santo and Madsen in Drouillard over 1100 acres of tomatoes were grown. The Famosa Factory processed the tomato paste and Haiti had its own homegrown tomato paste for the first time.

Double Harvest at White Rock Doubling the production capacity
Double Harvest at White Rock Doubling the production capacity

Base of operations shifted to White Rock as the property lease at Cazeau expired. A major upgrade and expansion of greenhouse capacity and tree seedling production has been recently undertaken giving DOUBLE HARVEST production capacity to grow 3,000,000+ tree seedlings annually.

Vegetable production Tree seedlings by the thousands
Vegetable production Tree seedlings by the thousands

Vegetable production continues to expand incrementally with beans, corn and sorghum in rotation on the remainder of the farm.

Sorghum close to harvest time Corn, one our staple crops
Sorghum close to harvest time Corn, one our staple crops

Decision made - walls poured Last phase of a big undertaking
Decision made - walls poured Last phase of a big undertaking

In 2009 we ventured into new territory by starting aquaculture (fish farming). The tanks were completed by November of 2009 and we are currently at full capacity with 100,000 tilapia. The fish droppings are continually removed via water pumps and filters and used as fertilizer on the vegetable beds. Fish farming holds great promise for Haiti.

A well-done successful project Harvesting fish
A well-done successful project Harvesting fish