Steve Werlin’s Photo Essay on CLM Vegetable Gardens in Haiti

20 Apr 2012 by Aude de Montesquiou

Have a look at Steve Werlin’s great pictures that illustrate how Fonkoze encourages CLM participants to “look to vegetable gardening as an easy way to add both some nutrition to their diet and some income to their household”.

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2 Responses to "Steve Werlin’s Photo Essay on CLM Vegetable Gardens in Haiti"

  1. Jui Gupta, Trickle Up says:

    I was seeing the soil and thinking, they are simply great in texture and wondering why only few people over there do vegetable cultivation. Now with this new initiative more of people can do vegetable cultivation for their own consumption or selling if in excess.

    I loved the photo series, this photographs can be printed into A4 size paper and can be used for training or motivating other CLM members.
    The process shown here is of vegetable nursery bed preparation, right? Do they prepare the vegetable beds also like this? I really liked the way they are making rows for putting the vegetable seeds, on the nursery beds. I am looking forward for some more photographs or a series where we can see the germination of seedlings and followed by few photos depicting transplantation of Pepper seedlings in to vegetable bed. Since it is the preparation for rainy season, I am assuming there would be rows and furrow systems (though, I believe there won’t be water stagnation during excess rain due to the topography).

    I am getting good ideas and I believe the purpose of your sharing is fulfilled.

    With regards and best wishes,


  2. Thanks for the feedback. I plan to keep up with this garden as well as I can.

    Vegetable gardening is a regional thing here in Haiti. I live in the rural area in the mountains outside of Pétion-Ville, and everyone plants peppers or tomatoes. But here where we work in the Central Plateau, it’s just not part of the culture. It’s common to have a pumpkin plant or two growing wild in yard, but peppers and tomatoes are purchased in the market, shipped there from the few places where they’re regularly planted. We hope to help our members change this.

    I’m no soil expert, but the earth in Renia and Johnny’s garden is sandy.

    They will make beds when they’re ready to transplant the seedlings. I will continue to follow this initiative. I want to see how many of our members end up growing vegetables and what they use them for.

    Steven Werlin


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