I realized that there is not that much information out there about permaculture plants and trees that are useful in the tropics… so I decided to put together a list with my top 25 All-Star Tropical Permaculture Plants!
Our work in Haiti is complex, making it hard for people to truly get an idea of what we do. In this article I share a chapter of a soon-to-be published book called “Putting Practice Into Purpose – The Economic of Mutuality”, and which provides an excellent, in-depth overview of our work over the past years.
Some people, when they first hear about our #organiccotton project in Haiti, ask me: what are you doing to make sure the farmers are treated well? Are they getting a fair wage? In short, smallholder farmers come first in our project.
The Puerto Rico Cotton Study I’ve been working on over the past year has officially been published! It follows the previous studies I have done in Haiti, which focused on moringa and organic cotton.
Timberland’s work with us to reintroduce cotton farming to Haiti was recently honored with the US Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Award for the Best Economic Empowerment Program. The company edged out other companies like Accenture, Entergy Corporation, and UBS.
I never thought the day would come where I’d get genuinely excited about collecting a bunch of rocks and wood chips. But here I am to tell you: the day has come! But seriously? Rocks? Wood chips? Why?
About three months ago, with the support of Timberland, we started field trials to test possible varieties of cotton for sustainable cotton production in Haiti. 3 months in our first varieties are starting to flower: a small, but important step as we work on reintroducing sustainable cotton to Haiti!
So this morning I watched a lecture by the awesome Jordan B. Peterson, in which he touched upon the neurological processes that take place in our brain as we develop our habits. Essentially: the physical make up of our brain actually changes as we develop these habits (its kind of like exercising a muscle) and the stronger the habit, the more permanent the change.
Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year and that’s a problem because it takes plastic around 450 years to decompose. Icelandic Student Ari Jónsson recently may have come up with a possible solution by creating a completely biodegradable water bottle using red algae powder.
This week we launched the Haiti Cotton Project, marking the return of (sustainable) cotton to the country for the first time in 30 years. With the support of Timberland the first cotton seeds are now in the ground for testing during field trials!
I quite recently moved into a new house, The best part: it comes with a garden, meaning I can finally experiment with all sorts of urban permaculture techniques. Before that though, check out this quick ‘before’ video tour to see what it looks like now.
Ever thought about taking a class or course on permaculture but couldn’t afford one? Check out and back this kickstarter, launched by Permies.com founder Paul Wheaton.
This documentary, “Kombit: The Cooperative”, is the story of how ended up developing an innovative partnership with Timberland (with a very brief appearance of yours truly!)
The Haiti Cotton Study I’ve been doing for Impact Farming and Timberland has officially been published today.
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
Off to a good start: the Haiti cotton study I’m working on for the SFA and Timberland is mentioned in The Guardian!
TGD Celebrates: our American buyer KuliKuli has officially launched its new line of Moringa Green Energy Shots containing ‘our’ Haitian Moringa at WholeFoods stores throughout the US!
Today I spent most of the afternoon taking part in an activity with kids in El Capotillo, one of the worst neighborhoods in Santo Domingo.
Last week I went back to Haiti to spend a few days working with the women coop that processes Moringa leaves for our Moringa Project. One week of hard work resulted in the first moringa leaf powder sample which we sent out for testing at a lab.
It’s official: The Clinton Foundation, Kuli Kuli and SFA have officially announced their partnership on the Haiti Moringa project I started last year!
“Hey Chris, can you bring this puppy back to Santo Domingo with you? This dude’s been calling me every day. He’s really in love with this dog and asks me if I can bring it to him. Would you mind…”
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