Haiti Urban Gardens Project

To test the viability of a program that reaches out to women to develop urban gardens in some of the most marginalized areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In this pilot project, 75 urban residents will take part in a demonstration garden, learn horticulture production techniques, and learn how to use environmentally sustainable technologies suited to cities, such as rainwater harvesting and household waste management. Participants will learn to cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, roots, tubers, and herbs in small spaces such as patios, balconies, and rooftops. Through cultivation of these micro-gardens, low income families will be able to meet their basic dietary needs for vitamins, minerals, and plant protein by gaining direct access to fresh, nutritious vegetables every day. Families will also earn extra income from the sale of small surpluses.

Cost: $59,000 USD
Term: Fifteen months
Funder/Partner: Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)