From Log House Plants
GROW HAITI: Celebrating Haitian PLANTS, food, history, and culture.
You can grow these beautiful and delicious Caribbean favorites in the Pacific Northwest! Explore the flavors of Haiti from your own garden. These remarkable varieties flourished in our extensive field testing trials in Oregon and Washington.
This special collection from Log House Plants is a fund-raiser for THE LAMBI FUND of HAITI, which has supported sustainable agriculture, development, and reforestation initiatives in Haiti, run by Haitians, since 1994.
SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE & GROW CLASSICS INSPIRED BY ONE OF THE RICHEST CUISINES IN THE WORLD.
Haitian cuisine evolved at a complex crossroads in history via Africa, the Americas, and Europe, and has had a major influence on American cooking. Many of the plants are familiar to most Americans as favorites of the South, and their origins can be traced to all corners of the globe. Volunteer gardeners trialed over 40 varieties in order to find the plants that grew the best in our region, and we selected those for our Grow Haiti collection. These plants will be a delight in your garden, as well as on your plate- and you will help Haiti grow, too.
Sustainability is a major theme here, and we are very pleased to offer the Grow Haiti collection in coco fiber pots. The coir fiber will break down in your garden soil and serve as a useful amendment. Be sure to carefully cut or tear the base and sides of the pot during planting to give room for the growing roots. Water evenly, and tend to it as you would any other transplant. No plastic pots to mess around with, and you can turn the remains of the coco fiber pot over in your soil for next year!
These pots come to us via our friends at the Hairy Pot Plant Company in England, who work with a women’s collective in Sri Lanka. Each pot of organic coco fiber is hand molded. As the natural latex binder disintegrates, the pot puffs out to look more and more “hairy.” This helps to aerate the roots and allows them to grow out and into the soil, avoiding the troubles of transplant shock. The pots are more expensive than mass produced plastic pots typical of the nursery industry, but more than worth it for the benefits to the plant, to your garden, and to the planet.
To see our trials of the PLANT HAITI Collection in Cottage Grove, Oregon, please visit our photo albums, where you can view their progress from transplant to harvest.
On this site, you will find more information on each plant by clicking on the plant name in the menu at the top of each page. We’ve included basic growing information, some history of each plant, and delicious Haitian recipes involving all of the plants in the Grow Haiti Collection.