Haiti

Planting in Haiti is part of an effort to help farmers across the nation become self sustaining through forest gardens.

In our planting projects in Haiti, we actively work with farmers to plant within their own agricultural land to help restore soil productivity, become self-sustaining through their own forest gardens, and protect themselves and their families from natural disasters.

Total Trees Planted

Why Haiti?

Haiti has only 2% of their original forests, and as a direct result from such deforestation, their poverty rates are high. The nation is not able to produce enough food to feed its own people and has to import 60% of their food supplies. Despite these numbers, half of the population's children under the age of five remain malnourished and struggle with food insecurity.

Haiti sits in the Atlantic Hurricane Belt and often sees destructive storms. Thankfully, there are measures to protect the citizens of Haiti. Reforestation efforts focus on farmers planting trees on their own land to restore productivity and protect families against natural disasters. These trees can save lives and property through strategic planting along steep slopes.

tentree, and our partners at Plant With Purpose, work with fifteen rural farming communities in the Fonds-Verrettes region of Haiti (along the Haitian / Dominican border). We work purposefully to bring together landowners to reforest entire watersheds. By purchasing tentree products you will support our efforts to teach farmers about new tree varieties and about how planting trees together with other crops can increase yields while restoring the soil. Most of the trees planted are grown in tree nurseries. These nurseries are paired with rainwater harvesting systems to help farmers grow more trees with limited resources.

The farmers we partner with are subsistence farmers who rely on what they can grow from the land to survive. But due to environmental degradation, the land can no longer produce anything viable. By planting trees, we help provide a source of food, and income through environmental restoration.

Farmers collect seedlings from the nurseries run in partnership with Plant with Purpose. Planting trees holds many benefits for villages within Fonds-Verrettes.  Fruit trees provide added nutrition for families, nitrogen-fixing trees add vital nutrients back into the soil, and timber trees provide a much needed source of income.

The Impact

Restore Watersheds

Soil erosion causes runoff down steep hillsides and pollutes water sources. Trees maintain the soil and allow for rainwater to be absorbed into the ground.

Produce Food

Farmers can use the fruits and vegetables from their trees and gardens to provide healthy and nutritious food for their families.

Education and Tools

Farmers receive seeds, shovels, watering cans, and wheelbarrows in exchange for their participation. Their training includes learning how to best incorporate trees into their farms, care for the trees, pest management, etc.

Prevent Landslides

Eroded soil means land is more susceptible to flooding, mudslides, and landslides after heavy rains. As trees prevent soil erosion, the risk for natural disasters is reduced.

The Trees

We plant over 60 different varieties of trees. We work closely with our staff foresters and the local community members to select trees that best meet the needs of the local environment. We help our partners plant native species whenever possible. 

Orange Trees

One of the trees we help plant is the orange tree.The orange fruit that grows on the tree is an important nutritional and agricultural product, used for both the juicy fruit pulp and the peel. Even orange blossoms that fall from the tree have many uses.

Planting Process

1

Grow Seedlings

Create seedlings in local seedbeds—An area owned by the local lead farmer. There, they can watch over the community's seedlings.

2

Plant Seedlings in Rainy Season

Just before the rainy season, the seedlings are big enough to be transplanted into a forest garden. Farmers from all over will come to get their allocation of seedlings and take them back to plant in their garden. With the rainy season soon to come, it gives the seedlings a greater chance of survival.

3

Protect the Trees

These young trees are not only susceptible to weather like drought and landslides, but they are also a great source of food for wandering cattle coming through the area. In order to prevent the trees from getting destroyed or eaten, the farmers actively guard and protect their garden.

Our Partner

Meet Your Planting Team

Ketty

Lead Agronomist in Fonds-Verrettes for Plant With Purpose.

Ylfraunier Germain

Farmer with four children. They all live on a steep and rocky farm in the village of Bwa Tombe.

Wilner

Local Farmer, Fonds-Verrettes.

Ketty

Lead Agronomist in Fonds-Verrettes for Plant With Purpose.

Ylfraunier Germain

Farmer with four children. They all live on a steep and rocky farm in the village of Bwa Tombe.

Wilner

Local Farmer, Fonds-Verrettes.

Saul Piel

Saul is a farmer in Bwa Tombe that has planted more than 300 trees on his small farm.

“I learned about the importance of caring for the environment when I lived in the Dominican Republic. I like living with a lot of trees and the trees have helped the rain return to this area. The land is very poor here, but when we plant trees we have a better crop. We have stopped the erosion on our land and I’ve even been able to rebuild my house.”