Wynne Farm Environment Preservation
Organized by: Lauren Martin
The Wynne Farm has been commited to the much needed healing of the environment in the mountains of Kenscoff Haiti for the past 60 years Through environmental education, tours, workshops on sustainable farming and living. Contribute and help protect & preserve the only ecological reserve of its kind that exists in Haiti.
The Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve has been committed to healing Port-au-Prince's environment for the past 60 years in Kenscoff, Haiti. Their crucial work is being threatened and they no longer can continue this work alone. They are in need of external solidarity and support. There have been two attacks/threats since 2004. The reserve was most recently vandalized on March 22, 2014. Trees were cut down, the security guard was stoned, thankfully he is still alive, horses were hurt, storage was broken into, and members of the Wynne Farm have been threatened. This unfortunate incident is due to an attempt of illegal sale of the property, which is not uncommon in Haiti. Members of the Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve are working diligently to protect this much-needed green space in Haiti.
Your donation will go towards:
1. A cyclone fence around the reserve to keep illegal trespassers from cutting trees and vandalizing
2. Legal fees and court costs to assure the protection of the reserve
3. Salary for the Reserve's security guards Without these three things, security on the reserve is under constant threat.
Currently, the Wynne's efforts must be put into protecting what they have left and cannot put any energy into expanding their projects. When they have full security, they can continue to expand their projects.
Wynne Farm Background:
The Wynne Farm's mission is to find solutions for communities to preserve the land for generations to come while also serving the needs of people now. Victor Wynne, founder & grandfather, started the reserve in the rural mountain town of Kenscoff 60 years ago. The farm is currently being managed Jane Wynne, her daughters, Melissa and Sarah, with a small support team. They have been educating and working directly with local people and the government pushing for systematic change. With Haitian children, they give tours of the Farm, one of few the wild, natural spaces left in Port-au-Prince, opening the minds' of our youth to nature's intrinsic value. They give tours of the Farm to visiting international groups to educate them on Haiti's environment and challenges. Workshops are held with local farmers to teach about farming without pesticides, soil amendment, and how to grow using alternative methods when planting on mountainous landscape. They have specifically reached out to local women and held workshops on more sustainable practices in the home and in exchange the women promised to plant trees they were given. The Wynne Farm produces organic produce and flowers to sell. The Farm also protects one of the few untouched mountaintops of Haiti, and the trees that have survived upon it. Yoga is also a big source of healing at the Farm, so many retreats and classes have taken place in this sanctuary. The Wynne's are also deeply commited to Kenscoff, helping with scholarships and living needs whenever they can.
The Environmental Situation in Haiti:
Haitians are a resilient people, and there are many individuals and groups working to improve life in Haiti. In this Caribbean country, the root of many systemic problems stem from a long-history of deforestation.
The country has only two percent forest cover. It is the most vulnerable country in the Caribbean to climate change and just underwent its largest drought in 15 years. For the mountainous landscape, this results in soil erosion, soil degradation, water scarcity, and decreasing crop yields which directly impacts Haitians of lower socio-economic status.
Sixty percent of home energy production comes from charcoal, obtained by cutting down trees, heating the wood to make charcoal, then burnt for fuel. For many local residents, this practice provides their only source of income. While many Haitians know that cutting trees can lead to troubling environmental outcomes, they often see no alternative to get by day to day.
For more information about Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve, go to http://www.wynnefarm.org
Thank you for caring about nature in Haiti and taking the time to read our story. We would like to thank all friends who have already made a donation and everyone who supports us through sharing our cause with the rest of the world.
Please make a donation of your choice to help support nature conservation and environmental education in Haiti. We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.