Monday, March 10, 2014

Cory's guest post

Saturday afternoon I gave a campus tour to the local Community Agriculture official. 

He came with two of his children and a couple other people after their church service from just down the road. 

They were able to see a good portion of the gardens but skies threatening rain kept the tour fairly brief.

He had set up a meeting at the main Agriculture office near Cap Haitian for Monday morning about my request for an import permit for peach palm seeds.

At the meeting, Jean Pierre and I and an official had a good discussion about some of the agricultural challenges in Haiti with diseases of citrus and other crops. The official wasn't familiar with peach palm but found the information I had about it interesting.

A written permit would require a trip to the Port au Prince office since it is a new crop for Haiti but a small amount of seed would be OK to get, instead of the several pounds requested.

He would like to visit our campus the next time he is out our way and would like to get one of the breadfruit trees we are propagating.

On the trip home we stopped at Cowman school to plan fruit tree planting around the large sides of the school yard.

Sunday we drove to Pastor Emmanuel's church for their harvest festival.

We arrived an hour early since the time change hadn't taken effect yet.

There were choirs from the Baptist and other churches and each sang several numbers. All the local churches were invited and several were represented by visitors. The mayor, local judge and maybe another official were also present and introduced.

There was a focus on heaven and we heard a good, relatively brief message about how we don't work to be saved but God will reward based on our quantity of work, quality, type of work, and attitude.

The service lasted about 3 hours. As we started to drive away with a very full truck, we were stopped to come back for a light meal of fried goat, chicken and plantain.

It is good to see pastor Emmanuels health returning after the difficulties this winter.

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