Earlier in the morning, we continued with our vetiver dam project to stop the erosion in the gully. We also had a "seed bomb" workshop with Lakol. We learned to create fist sized balls using a mixture of equal parts soil, clay, and earth with several seeds. The balls are laid to dry in the sun and can be thrown into the barren mountainsides where they will take root in the rainy season. This is an inexpensive and efficient way to green a landscape, pioneered in urban communities with vacant lots in need of flowers and beauty.
The tree planting continued with success today. After a late and delicious lunch we gathered with the community to plant another 100+ trees (exact count forthcoming), including avocado, papaya, mango, lemon, agape, and kapab. We divided into two teams, one focused on creating shade on the ridge path with a line of trees on either side. The other team went to various farms and inter-planted fruit trees with the crops of peanuts and cassava. The students were tired and several had to sit out some of the work period. I encouraged them to think about making goals around fitness and health. In this community, women of 70 and 80 years were carrying water and compost up and down the steep slopes, with no break and no sign of weariness. They are strong. We can all be strong too! That said, tomorrow is a break. We will visit the waterfall of Basin Bleu and the sands of Jacmel. Back to work on Sunday and Monday! In addition to the planting, we will spend at least 1/2 day helping to build a house in the community with Konbit Shelter.