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Vetiver Hedgerows and Training in Haiti

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Criss Juliard, a TVNI director, has recently been helping to train Haitians in the Vetiver System.  Criss has a wide experience in Vetiver System applications, particularly in Madagascar - a very similar climate and conditions to Haiti (extreme rainfall, high incidence of deforestation, and major erosion problems).

Here are some of his photos.  From top to bottom:

An 8 month old hedge has already held back 15 cm of sediment, and is starting to create a natural terrace.

Teaching Haitians how to plant vetiver correctly - across the slope and close spacing.  His students learned quickly.  Notice the good quality planting material.

Students planting a vetiver hedgerow on steep land

Vetiver under partial shade, good for landscaping and boundary demarcation

This roadside vetiver was used as a source of plant material

If others would like to share their vetiver photos please send them to me.  We will shortly establish a photo gallery focusing on Haitian vetiver.


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