Written by Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant An experienced county agricultural agent who mentored me many years ago had a saying: “ you can’t be a good farmer if you don’t get your butt off the tractor seat to walk your fields and look at...

Written by Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant The road to self sustainability is not an expressway. In a developing country such as Haiti, this road to success is similar to the roads in that country. It has detours, bridges out, burning tires in the street,...

Written by Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. You know, I would...

Written by: Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant During the summer season we raise vegetables on 3 acres in New England.  On Mother’s Day it snowed and the temperature dipped to 28 degrees. Today, the temperature was 88 degrees and humid. A month ago we had...

Written by: Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant Climate change is already having an effect on farmers throughout the developed and developing world. In some areas we are seeing massive flooding and in SW Haiti farmers are suffering through a prolonged drought. The PHF team dug...

Written by Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant It has been my experience in working with certain NGOs  and missionary groups in third world countries that they take advantage of the workers. That is why I have appreciated being part of Harvesting 4 Haiti, because it...

Written by: Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant Are you feeling overwhelmed with all that’s going on throughout the world? I am and its not the first time. Years ago I escorted a team of 5 doctors to Kenya to do a medical clinic at an...

Written by: Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant As you are probably aware there is concern about diseases resistant to antibiotics. A result of this is the exploration of plants as medicine. I’ve been reading lots of scientific research using different parts of plants to kill diseases...

Written by: Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant Haiti imports rice, vegetable oils, wheat, cane sugar, milk, chicken, fuel and more. What happens when foods and fuel stop coming? Its hard not to notice that there are looming shortages of vegetables and meats in the US....

Written by Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant “Being patient is difficult. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience...

Written by: Gordon Clark, H4H Horticultural Consultant The Bluebird of Happiness by Edward Heyman The beggar man and the mighty king are only diff’rent in name, For they are treated just the same by fate. Today a smile and tomorrow a tear, We’re never sure...

Written by Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant “The Farmer Has To Be An Optimist or He [or She] Still Wouldn’t Be A Farmer” by Will Rodgers Despite world-wide shutdowns, farmers still need to keep working. I and other local volunteers in my hometown work 2.5 acres...

Written by Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant In my area of the US, local schools are closed for weeks, colleges have sent home students for the rest of the semester, airline travel is not recommended, there are shortages in the supermarket, and medical equipment may be...

By Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant Another crop to be trialed by PHF will be Lablab beans. Yet another valuable covercrop/greenmanure plant that provides lots of nitrogen, 50 metric tonnes of biomass per hectare, and has edible beans that have 50% more protein than black beans....

By Gordon Clark, Horticultural Advisor A common problem everywhere but especially in developing countries is the use of technology that eventually fails because it is not appropriate for the area or situation. I discovered this firsthand in S. Sudan years ago.  A generous donor provided...

We are excited about the addition of cover crops to the farms in Haiti. Cover crops aren’t used much in Haiti. And one new plant to Haiti, Velvet Bean, has had wonderful success with what it can do to add nitrogen to the soil. Sure,...

Corn was harvesting recently, ground on the farm right after harvest, then dried. After it was dried the bags were weighed. A significant 2.11 tons of corn was taken to the marketplace to be sold to consumers to make flour. Food insecurity is at an...

A grafting specialist has been hired to graft 900 mango trees on two Planting for Hope and Future (PHF) farms. This process is done as skillfully as a surgeon repairs a broken bone. With careful hands the seedling is cut into and a branch is...

Trees, the more we plant the better we will be. Trees provide food, oxygen, soak up gases such as carbon dioxide, help climate change, give homes to wildlife, and welcome shade on very hot days. During Hurricane Matthew’s massive destruction, October 2016, 90% of all...

So many times we reach for pills, when perhaps we could reach for fresh fruits and vegetables that would help us more. Centuries ago, the great physician Hippocrates said, “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” Hippocrates understood the...

It is no secret that the Haitian government has not helped the small farmers grow the crops necessary to bring more fresh/healthy produce to the food insecure. Farmers are the people who, if given the chance, can not only help to decrease malnutrition, but by...

—farms focus on nutrition for haiti
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