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Plant Some Knowledge and Let it Grow!


WRITTEN BY DANIELLE WAUTHY

Training and empowering young farmers is one step to transformation for countries like Haiti.

Adrien Fetiere is only entering his last year of high school, but has already made big steps to improving his life and his community of Cachiman.  

Like many other farmers in this region Adrien struggled with low yields from his garden: “I was working inexpertly...often I lost everything due to a lack of practical knowledge in the field.

But Adrien is now growing harvests that feed his family and help him pay for his tuition. What changed? In spring of 2012 local leaders in Cachiman partnered with FH to improve food security in the region. Together they set up a demonstration garden that gave local farmers the opportunity to work and learn from FH agronomy experts about good farming techniques and how to grow crops that thrive in the Haitian climate.

Through the demonstration garden Adrien, alongside other farmers, received training on soil preparation, good planting techniques, inter-cropping, companion planting, crop rotation, watering, and fertilization. The farmers were also given high quality vegetable seeds to use in their gardens.

Adrien has applied what he’s learned and, as a result, his yields have increased from harvest to harvest. The vegetables he grows not only feed himself and his family, but he has enough to sell to others from his community.

Adrien is also passing along his knowledge as he is training other farmers and encouraging them to adopt better farming practices. Adrien is very excited about the changes he sees in his community, especially with the youth: “Because of my success in this field, I observe that there is rising interest in agriculture among the young now in Cachiman.”

Adrien smiles as he looks up from his garden, “With all my heart, I want to say thanks to the FH staff for all that they did and are still doing in Cachiman. You are changing people’s lives, especially my life.”

See what else is happening in FH Canada partner communities in Haiti. 




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