Haiti Agricultural Program

Wow, two weeks have flashed by and the agricultural (ag) program at Mission Lifeline in Arachaie, Haiti has begun.

Adam and Jordani are the two capable Haitian men who will care for the gardens – both natural men of the soil who love plants and feel responsible for the project and its outcome.

The clearing of the land, rounding up the stones, subduing those small cactus plants with the barbed thorns, cutting back the euphorbia curalis trees which we named burning milk trees because the copious quantity of milky sap they ooze when cut or bent burns ones skin, and the sweating by the bucketful, were all part of the experience. The result was about half an acre of fertile land that will yield well with the addition of a little seed, water, mulch and local fertilizer ie well rotted manure. With temperatures in the mid thirties, the photo below shows the dramatic results of moringa seedlings started at the garden. Moringa is the second fastest growing tree in the world and provides a complete compliment of amino acids and vitamin C – a complete diet in one simple package!!

Mission Lifeline has done a tremendous job of developing personnel who are on time at the airport, understand our needs as guests, cook the most amazing food and kept our accommodation clean and tidy. The facilities were second to none, with beautiful tiled rooms and showers, ensuite kitchenette, screened windows for insect control and full laundry services.

The cultural angle included roosters crowing and dogs barking in the wee hours and the ladies from the kitchen who gather for prayer and worship at 4.30am prior to starting work at 5, Monday through Friday. Early to bed, greeting the sunrise and taking a siesta seemed to work well.

At our closing meeting, we determined that the risk factor to the garden was the persistent goats. Grazing animals represent a considerable deterant to agricultural development in many countries. Let’s hope the thorny fences hold up well.!

Benefits of a plant based Diet

plant based dietsHere is a link to a very interesting article on the benefits of a plant based diet. While it dos not mention moringa powder, the presence of all nine essential amino acids and vitamin C make moringa one of a few high quality plant based foods.

Thanks to ex-Presidents, celebrities like Natalie Portman (pictured) and Russell Brand, along with numerous books and documentaries, like “Forks Over Knives,” we’re all starting to hear the message that a plant-based diet is where it’s at. That means eating lots of greens, beans, legumes, whole grains, fruits – and saying farewell to meat and processed foods.

Hey, it might just do your mind & body some major good. After all, it’s been shown a plant-based diet improves energy level, sheds extra pounds and even improves your sex life. Perhaps, its greatest benefit is that these foods can actually prevent and reverse a number of chronic diseases from cancer to diabetes to heart disease to name just a few!

“A plant-based diet also detoxifies the body naturally, helps shed unwanted body fat by cutting off the blood supply to fat cells and normalizes gut health while never leaving people feeling hungry, deprived or addicted,” adds to Dr. Stoll to Healthy Hollywood. read more…

The Advantages Of A Plant-Based Diet

Have a great health filled day!! Tim

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