Wednesday, January 7, 2015

International Year of Soils

It is fitting that this year has been deemed the International Year of Soils by the USDA and today students from Hawkeye worked with students from UCCC in Haiti to test soils. We worked all morning and some of the afternoon testing soils for pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It was incredible to see the students reaction from UCCC as they tested soil for the first time!

Their attention to the task at hand was amazing. The highlight of the day was hearing the feedback from students as they reported to JeanJean on their experiences from the day. We heard comments like:"This is the best day ever!" and "We needed this hands-on experience!"

Next we returned to that famous shade tree to enjoy a coke and analyze test results from the day so we can share findings and recommendations with the students tomorrow.

We wrapped up a stellar day by passing along a goat purchased by Iowans with the assistance of the Hawkeye students to a family in the area. They will utilize the goat for milk production for years to come. It's hard to believe that tomorrow will be our last full day in Haiti before returning home.

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