Elan Haiti…

…i Pierwsza Międzynarodowa Konferencja Młodzieżowa na Haiti podkreśla zaangażowanie młodych Haitańczyków w odbudowie kraju Krótko o konferencji: Nazwa: Elan Haiti 2014 – (Pierwsza) Międzynarodowa Konferencja Młodzieżowa – website and Facebook Miejsce: Uniwersytet Henri Christophe w Limonade, Północne Haiti Czas: 15 – 18 listopada, 2014 Organizator: Elan Haiti (Haiti) grupy Echo Uczestnicy: setka wybranych młodych ludzi z…

Oh but to live in a chicken coop again

Stories of home and hearth : central Alberta, Canada – June-Sept 2013 When the Fishers and I decided to work together last summer, I was to be living out at their farm near the town of Didsbury most days in the week, and touching base with the big city life in Calgary the other days…

Some more Haiti after the fact – connections in Calgary

In the in-between land of Calgary, after leaving Haiti and before returning to my home country of Poland, I had the opportunity to share about my experiences in the beautiful, island nation that was my home in the Caribbean. Firstly, at Mount Royal University Melanie Rathburn, an associate professor at MRU, and I were able to…

Biochar…please be my Valentine!

While you may have been getting cosy and lovey-dovey with your romanic interest this past Valentine’s Day…I was getting up close and personal with a hot interest of my own: biochar! That’s right, a few lucky individuals from our IRATAM office headed out of Cap-Haitien to Quartier Morin bright and early Friday morning to learn…

Haiti – Coffee & Bean – Part I

Original article. (Reposted from http://www.farmspiration.com) Excerpt: ” It’s true.  I recently learned that, right after petroleum, coffee is the world’s second largest commodity market!  Although I am just now delving into this fascinating choreography of production, processing and international export, working directly with farmers and coffee cooperatives here in Haiti is sure to speed up my…

Recruit your evangelists

Call ’em what you will.  A team captain. An organizer. I revel in the term “evangelist”, mostly because it’s the same term Joel Salatin uses for the ladies that organize his buyers for the online buying club :) So, these evangelists are your first step into creating new corporate CSA programs.  But how do you…

Presenting your farm at a company Lunch ‘n Learn

If you’re thinking about starting a CCSA (corporate CSA program), it’s a good idea to get to know the employees who want to participate and to give them the opportunity to learn about you, your farm and the farming practices you stand for.  A presentation for your group is a great idea, especially in the…

Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms – an overview

Compiled from my notes from attending the “You Can Farm” workshop; Internet research and videos – I’d like to make this overview of Polyface Farms readily available to anyone interested in: alternative farming business models making more money from sustainable farming the Salatin success story and the foundations upon which Polyface Farms has been built…

A-MAP to a brief overview of CSA (re-blog)

Read original article written for Fisher Farms Excerpt: “My first WWOOFing experience in south-central France, in the summer of 2010, was also the first time that I learned of community supported agriculture.  Called AMAP in France, the “Association pour le Maintien d’une Agriculture Paysanne” wasn’t very clear to me as I rushed to bunch the…

WWOOF in South Bolivia (Tarija)

With an expiring Peruvian tourist visa as the so-called excuse to bugger out of the Sacred Valley for a few weeks…I headed out to Tarija, Bolivia last Saturday night from Cusco.  I had two buses to patiently sit through, a 15 hour ride from Cusco to La Paz (one of the capitals of the Bolivian…

WWOOF – so what the heck is it anyways?

WWOOF, wwoof…woof?… did you bark up the wrong tree? Well, if real-life, practical organic farm experience is what you are after – then you have found what you were looking for. The WWOOF organization (stands for “World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”) is a large, international idea and small, local organizations facilitating exchanges between WWOOF hosts…