Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Family Farming for Peace

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Methodist University
  • Archibal Miracle
  • Gynal Saintilien

Family Farming for Peace

Archibal and Gynal undertook their Family Farming for Peace project in their home country of Haiti to increase the availability, accessibility, and variety of foods for the people of Cite Soleil. Through their project they selected and trained 25 residents in organic-farming methods and provided them with seeds for developing vegetable gardens. To expand the impact, each of these 25 volunteers — who they named “promoters” — identified and trained another 20 people in organic farming production.

The training of these volunteers focused primarily on soil and compost preparation, safety and security of the plants, and sowing methods. Five demonstration gardens were built locally to serve as models for the envisioned family farms, which at the end of the summer numbered more than 150 gardens. Besides sharing technical expertise and providing supplemental food, the project created social cohesion, improved living conditions, and created a more nutritional diet for the engaged local population. The families who participated were given seeds for tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, cabbage, eggplants, cucumbers, spinach, leeks, carrots, onions, okra, and beans.

Archibal and Gynal reported that they went with the objective of investing in people but not expecting such immediate results. They were delighted to have received a warm welcome, genuine respect, and real appreciation by the local population for the opportunity being offered to them.