Our general farming program is designed to stimulate the interest of Saint Marc youth and adults in the revitalization of Haiti’s agriculture industry by providing hands-on experience. The program director will work together with the James Stine staff to integrate agriculture into the secondary school curriculum.
The program was launched on land owned by the Foundation during the summer of 2020. Bananas, papayas and beans are now harvested periodically and sold at the local markets by our adult students. A portion of the produce grown is also donated to LBS and served directly to our students.
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
In the fall of 2019, a director was hired to develop an agricultural plan for the land.
In the spring of 2020, we cleared more than 5 acres of land and heightened the area’s border wall. We drilled a well and built a reservoir to ensure ample water supply.
In the summer of 2020, we started planting various crops including bananas, plantains, peas, watermelon, papaya, and cassava among others.