The Land

 So I was talking to Edens this morning and he had a surprise for me! He sold plantains and eggplant from the land yesterday and made $170.00 Haitian dollars! So with this money and the money from the last market day we now have enough to buy a baby goat! I am so excited! I wish I could be there to pick it out, but we will be charged more if I am there.

 
 
 Update on the Land
The 20 foot deep hole for the out house has been dug! Next will be the concrete work and the wood frame for the tarps to be hung on (for walls). An area has been cleared for the tents. 50 lemon trees were planted and 10 mango trees are going in next. The property line on the back of the property has been being cleared, all of the property has been be prepared for barbed wire fencing to go up, while I am there in November. A large, non working crest freezer is being moved to the property. This will be used for storage of food and supplies that need to be locked up for safety. 50 gallon water barrels are being purchased for storing water for watering the new trees.

 
 
 
Edens will move onto The Land as soon as he can set up for someone to stay with him on it. I suggested Jon Gabin. Jon has no place to live, he stays with different people all the time. Also I trust Jon to keep an eye on things when Edens is working. An added bonus is that we will be hiring Jon to work in the garden as soon as we can afford to, as I mention below. Jon is the person that is most often asked to “babysit” me when Edens and Herode need to go some place without me. Jon speaks fluent english and we have some great conversations. It is safe to say that Jon and I are becoming very good friends!
 
Cool news! Edens took eggplant from the land to the market and we made $40.00! It is not much, but it is a start!  The eggplant will bring in more money when we are able to irrigate because the quality of the fruit will be better. The irrigation work is half way done, next the workers will begin digging the “bathroom” hole. After the irrigation trench work gets done Jon Gabin will start working in the garden doing the actual irrigating and other garden work. I don’t know yet if he will also do the harvesting or who will do the selling. Jon Gabin is very good at grafting, he will be a key part of the garden when we add in trees such as mango, papaya, and other fruit trees.
  
 
 
August 22, 2010
Discussion on the land continues. There is serious concern with making any improvements on it until the entire amount is paid. This is frustrating, but seems necessary. I am planning my next trip for November (does not feel soon enough) and I truly hope The Land is paid off by then so I can stay on it. The current owner told Edens he could pay it off with two payments, one this year and one next; we need to do it in one year.  
  
  
July 19th 2010
I have been looking to buy land in Haiti for a series of projects. Edens located a piece of land that, from the description he gave I believe to be 3/4 an acre. Not much land by American standards, but large for most Haitians.
This land will cost $40,000 Haitian dollars, approximately $5333.33 USD. The land is in Bercy, has a large dirt road that goes directly by it, it is behind the Bercy Habitat for Humanity, is fenced, and has a steam for irrigation. These are all positives, really the only negative to me would be the size, though this doesn’t seem to worry Edens any.
A few months ago when I was in Bercy the Chief of the village wanted to give me land to do my projects on. After much thought and consideration I have decided that wouldn’t be wise. At any time to government (who the land would really be gotten from) could take the land back improvements and all. It just seems that the wiser choice is to co-own land with one of my friends and work the projects on land that can’t be removed by the government.
 
 
During the same time I was offered the land in Haiti I was looking at drilling well in Bercy in January. At this time the land needs to come first and then the well on the land, with the water free to the people of Bercy.
The list of projects, that all include giving people a hand up are numerous and it is hard to have to wait to get things moving!
Large steps include:
1- land purchase
 

house, small maybe 20 x 122-

  

3- simultaneously with the house, planting gardens 
4- drilling of a well 
Smaller steps 
1- Raising chickens 
A) would employ a person from Bercy 
B) would provide a food resource in Bercy, eliminating some travel to 
Cabaret 
2- Purchase of freezers 
A) ability to sell ice, frozen juice 

B) employs another 2 people from Bercy 

C) ability to freeze chickens for later sale 

3- Set up a small market place two days a week near the community well 

A) gives people an opportunity to make money 

B) saves people with no resources the money it would cost to go to the 

market in Cabaret 

C) the small fee charged to the vendors would be put back into projects 

So much more to come! But got to run. 

 
 
Cost of trees in Haitian dollars (divide by 7.5 for approximate USD costs)

The Land

We will be purchasing a large number of these trees down the road. If you pay close attention to the Google Earth picture of “the Land” you will see that it already has banana plants. 

Mango 50.00 

Coconut 50.00 

Grapefruit 25.00 

Lemon 25.00 

Orange 25.00 

Avocado 25.00 

 
So I was talking to Edens this morning and he had a surprise for me! He sold plantains and eggplant from the land yesterday and made $170.00 Haitian dollars! So with this money and the money from the last market day we now have enough to buy a baby goat! I am so excited! I wish I could be there to pick it out, but we will be charged more if I am there.
 
Update on the Land
 The 20 foot deep hole for the out house has been dug! Next will be the concrete work and the wood frame for the tarps to be hung on (for walls). An area has been cleared for the tents. 50 lemon trees were planted and 10 mango trees are going in next. The property line on the back of the property has been being cleared, all of the property has been be prepared for barbed wire fencing to go up, while I am there in November. A large, non working crest freezer is being moved to the property. This will be used for storage of food and supplies that need to be locked up for safety. 50 gallon water barrels are being purchased for storing water for watering the new trees.

 

The 20 foot deep hole for the out house has been dug! Next will be the concrete work and the wood frame for the tarps to be hung on (for walls). An area has been cleared for the tents. 50 lemon trees were planted and 10 mango trees are going in next. The property line on the back of the property has been being cleared, all of the property has been be prepared for barbed wire fencing to go up, while I am there in November. A large, non working crest freezer is being moved to the property. This will be used for storage of food and supplies that need to be locked up for safety. 50 gallon water barrels are being purchased for storing water for watering the new trees.

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