You will have read in an earlier blog about the arrival and development of our tilapia. I’m sure you’ll be as thrilled as we are to hear that some of our original 8 adults have started families of their own! We now have an adult tank, a teenager tank, and nursery tank. We’re very much learning as we go but feel fairly confident that we will have a good fish harvest in a few months with the next ones coming along fast on their heels! Jakob is doing a fantastic job as Papa Pwason, the fish daddy!
One of the bi products of the tilapia farming is a fresh supply of nutrient rich water which is drained from the tanks and fed around the garden area in an ever expanding irrigation system. Having received a donation of 500,000 packets of seeds earlier this year we have an abundance of potential vegetable crops .
A number of us Foursquare staff, expat and local, along with visiting teams have been attempting to grow an array of vegetables, fruit and corn to not only feed the folks who eat at the base every day but also to be able to teach Haitians how best to grow these things for themselves as we give away the next half a million seeds when they arrive!
The challenges are many, but undaunted we soldier on through language barriers, amongst the english speakers let alone trying out our kreyol, through a much drier wet season than the garden needs, through tarantula and biting ant infested soil and all in the 30+ degree heat.
So far we have a bumper crop of potatoes and more water melon plants than we know what to do with! A fantastic problem to have I’m sure you’ll agree. The okra seeds Pastor Debbie brought back from Louisiana also seem particularly keen to feed us.
Other things like corn and carrots are in the experimental stage still but hopefully soon we will have a system in place which we will then be able to roll out not only other churches, schools and orphanages in Port-au-Prince, but also to our projects in Les Cayes and Jérémie and beyond!
It is a wonderful blessing for us to be able to hand out mana packs to people who need food for today, but our heart is to be able to provide the help needed for these same people to become self sufficient, and to in turn be a blessing to others.