Charles and several others are planting vetiver to protect the mountain side surrounding the area where the new CTC (cholera treatment center) will be located. Several guys have been building rock walls in the really bad spots over the last few months.
They have finished in one area, so Charles started planting and trying to stabilize the slope. They started by cutting rice sacks in half (length-wise) and sewing them. They filled these with dirt and then burned slots on the top.
They inserted vetiver slips or starts and watered them daily until they began to take off.
They loaded them up to transport them to the planting site.
Then unloaded them…
…and handed them down the mountain to those that were planting them.
These vetiver starts will grow quickly since our rainy season started early this year. The sacks were placed using the “A-frame” method. When you are standing on the side of a mountain, you can’t really tell what is the perfect horizontal line. This method gives that line so that the vetiver grass can be planted efficiently to minimize the damage done by heavy rainfall.
Vetiver grass for erosion control is an excellent technique for Haiti, especially in our mountainous area. We’ll post pictures in the coming months so that you can see the growth of the plants and the development of the area.