Agronomy at SAKALA
The central component of SAKALA’s agronomy program is the “Jaden Tap Tap” (Tap Tap Garden), our community urban garden and tree nursery. Set on over an acre of land that was once a garbage dump, the garden now has more than 500 brightly-painted tire gardens, a flower garden, and a moringa tree nursery. The Jaden Tap Tap is a source of hope, as well as improvement in food security, health, environment, and community development our neighbors in Cite Soleil.
The Jaden Tap Tap is also a living classroom, providing youth with a safe, positive environment in which to learn the basics of agroecology, agroforestry, nutrition, and to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Waste recycling and composting are also important elements of the program. We have a community Eco-San toilet and we lead community-wide workshops on recycling, composting, as well as planting trees and gardening. The Jaden Tap Tap employs ten at-risk young adults that would otherwise have little economic opportunity. This group is also being trained to garden as a business. We also recently launched a “Moringa the Miracle Tree” campaign which encourages neighbors to grow and use the tree, and we plan to plant 10 million trees, one for every Haitian.