In 2021, faced with severe food insecurity, PiFò Haiti began supporting a community garden in the capital city, Anse-à-Galets. The gang violence on the mainland has affected the cost and availability of food on La Gonâve. Most merchants spend an entire day travelling across the water to purchase products to sell on the island. There are so many safety concerns associated with going to the mainland, both on the boats as well as the perilous roads. This "new norm" meant growing local produce and strengthening agriculture on the island was a top priority.
Starting in 2023 we began planning a large garden project in the mountainous community of Palma, which is a very fertile part of the island. The soil is much more conducive to growing crops and it's conveniently located close to the largest market on the island. It has taken a lot of time and effort to put up fencing, clear the land and plant the seeds but we are starting to see progress.
The goal for the Palma garden is to produce crops that are used by locals daily, such as hot peppers, parsley, onions, garlic, cabbage and carrots. Once harvested, the vegetables will be sold to the market merchants, much like "wholesalers". The money from the Palma garden will support the workers as well as the expenses of the garden project in the city.
NEW for 2024!!! We will be taking on some bigger roles in agriculture and we're looking for partners to support the exciting work that will be happening. The entire community is excited to see the progress! Let us know if you'd like to be a part of this NEW initiative.