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Who is Grown in Haiti?
Knowing that you, like us, want to reduce your impact on the planet, we decided in early 2014 to be the difference we want to see in the world by promoting a healthier environment. We focused on reforestation because of the inherent benefits of trees — for both ecosystems and communities. By rebuilding forests together, we can make a real difference in the endeavor to create a healthier world.
How does it work?
We are volunteer and donation based, meaning that good people like you keep us going. If you are not able to physically be present as a volunteer, you are welcomed to support with a monetary donation or a small contribution whether it be seeds, tools, or even advice.
Is my donation tax deductable?
Unfortunately, the fees and time spent to get non-profit certification can be better spent elsewhere. We have no administrative fees and work hand in hand with the community. Your donation is not tax deductible and is based off of your willingness to help.
What does it cost to plant a tree?
We plant trees from locally gathered seeds as well as other varieties of tropical food tree seeds purchased from international seed banks.
With proper care, it generally costs an average of $1 USD for one tree sappling grown in our nursery from locally sourced seeds. That includes cost of fruit (seed), planter bags, transport and maintenance.
When are trees planted?
We like to plant and share trees throughout the year but the main season for planting happens in August and April so that the transplanted sapplings recieve adequate rain to adjust to their new home.
Are trees for sale?
No. Nothing we grow is for sale. In fact, we welcome anyone with the space and the time to come get a tree from our nursery. We freely share all that we grow and only keep enough to have a future seed source of each type of tree in our food forests.
How do I know that trees are being planted?
We work hard to keep you in the loop on how your donations are being used. Constant updates are made via our social media pages to show you the progress of all of the work we have been doing.
You will find all the links at the bottom of the drop down menu located at the top right corner of the screen.
What is a food forests?
A food forest, also called a forest garden, is a diverse planting of edible plants that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature.
Unlike in a wild forest, where specific plant selection is left up to nature, in a food forest all the layers are either food producers or supporting species that turbocharge the food producers.
How long does it take for a fruit tree to produce fruit from a planted seed?
Standard-sized trees can take 5-8 years to bear anything edible (although some dwarf species can start producing at 3-4 years)
What is a seed library?
A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers. For some communities, getting folks to garden and grow some of their own food is the focus.
What planting zone is Haiti?
How do I donate seeds?
We're happy to accept donations of your open-pollinated, heirloom, and/or locally saved seeds in any quantity. Just follow these easy steps: Collect and clean seeds from your crops, and set aside some for yourself and some for us. Please clearly label your donation in an envelope or container. Write us for a current US address where you can send your seeds, and we'll happily add them to the collection for other community members to check out. Check our 'Seeds' page for printable seed packets and forms.
Are seedlings monitored for survival?
Before seedlings are ever planted, we are careful to plant only when conditions are optimal (usually during rain seasons), ensuring the highest possible survival rate. Our volunteers and community members monitors seedlings for several years after they are planted. If needed, we carry out follow-up care for damaged sapplings.
Do U.S. citizens need a visa to visit Haiti?
Visitors from the U.S. to Haiti are not required a visa if staying for less then 3 months. A $10 tourist tax is required when entering Haiti for anyone holding a non Haitian passport.