Grow Haiti plant collection from Log House Plants debuts!

Here is a preview of the labels for the Grow Haiti collection:

Haiti label fronts for FB-01 (1) Haiti label fronts for FB-02

Please join us at Portland Nursery on Divison St. on Sunday, April 26, 2015, for a kick-off Meet & Greet!  Stephen Reichard, Lambi Fund of Haiti board member, will be there to answer questions and share information about the Lambi Fund, while Myrtle from Log House shows off the plants now available from the collection,!  A couple of the volunteer trial gardeners will also come by to share experiences and growing tips, and Myrtle will have a selection of recipes to hand out.  You can RSVP or just stop by and say hello during your visit to the nursery.



A Small Beginning: Call to Gardeners!

The Pearls of Cascadia-Antilles Culture Club

Call For Test Gardeners!

We’re seeking gardeners of all skill levels to trial varieties of plants related to Haitian cuisine, culture, and history, to see if they’ll grow in Pacific Northwest gardens.  If you participate, you’ll receive free starter plants in May, followed by questionnaires in October to find out how the plants did in your garden.

Together with Log House Plants, who are graciously hosting this project, I’ll use your feedback to develop a collection of plants for sale by Log House in 2015– the proceeds from which will go to the Lambi Fund — a Haitian organization which which supports Haitian-run sustainable agriculture projects, reforestation, and community development.

A bit about me and this project:  I’m an artist from New Orleans recently moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon.  I’ve worked at Log House Plants for the last four spring seasons, and this is the first year I will finally have a garden to tend.  I’ve traveled to Haiti and met with artists there as part of another project and wanted to find a way to further a connection in the move across the continent;  New Orleans and Haiti share a long history, and much of it can be viewed through the spectrum of food and plants– in Oregon, we relate very strongly to the same  issues of land use, reforestation, self-determination, and food rights.  Here is one way for us to support Haitians who are working hard to bring their land back from the brink!  As the project unfolds,  I will use this blog as platform to describe the plants and their histories, with gardening notes and delicious Caribbean recipes.

I will work with each gardener to prepare the plant list best suited to your needs, interests,  and garden conditions and will provide growing information for each.  Most of these plants do need full sun all day long, though there are exceptions (such as mirlitons)-  and if you are able to use a hoop house or raised, covered bed,  you may be able to coax the least likely into fruition (such as peanuts!).   I am also looking for a bean aficionado willing to grow as many varieties of beans as can fit, in order to best judge which varieties have the best chance of working out.  Please see the list below to preview what will be available.  I look forward to discovering how all of these plants grow in your gardens!

All the best,
Myrtle von Damitz lll

(contact via this page in form provided below)

Haitian Plants Project Trials, Starts List, Spring 2014
(Please see NOTES and information on available plants in the google doc.)


Tennessee Red Valencia
Schronce’s Deep Black
Carolina Black
Southern Pea, Peking Black
Southern Pea, Rouge et Noir
Bush Bean, Field Bean, Louisiana Red (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Cow Pea, Red Ripper (Vigna unguiculata)
Gray Speckled Palapye (Botswana)
White Whippoorwill
Old Timer/Purple Hull Speckled (short bush)
Six Week Purple Hull (early pink eye) (“small plants”)
Rice Pea (bush)
Bohemian (Czech heirloom)
Ozark Razorback (two-toned, bush)
Pigott Family (Louisiana heirloom, “good size”)
PIGEON PEA (Cajanus cajan)


Jing Orange
Cow Horn
Hill Country Red
Cajun Jewel
PUMPKIN (Cucurbita moschata)
Jamaican Calabash
“Geraumaun Martinique”
Plate de Haiti
Olirose de St. Dominique
MIRLITONS (aka chayote, Sechium edule)
Black Ledge
Chez Elizabeth


AMARANTH (Green Callaloo/Calalou)
COLLARDS, Georgia Southern “Creole”
MELOKHIYA (also Calalou)
ROSELLE (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Thai Red
Indigo tinctorea (true indigo)
Indigo suffruticosa (Mayo indigo)


Onavas Red
Black Amber
Sugar Drip
Rox Orange
Rainbow Broomcorn
(Other plants and varieties may follow.)

Have you grown varieties of these plants in the Pacific-Northwest?  Do you have suggestions for other plants and varieties?  Please be in touch.


The Lambi Fund
Log House Plants
The Mirlitonian Acclimation Program– a chronicle of mirlitons in Oregon

trial run begins