UPDATE: Haitian Ag Ministry Leaders Visit North Dakota

John Draxton of Williston, N.D., formerly of Northwood, N.D., offers this update on the Haitian farming ministry he’s cofounded. (See Agweek, June 24, 2013)

The International Farming Organization for Sustainable Development (IFOSuD) group is hosting Marc-Ness Desir and his wife, Misch-Wide Desir this week in North Dakota through Independence Day weekend.

The two Haitians are going to Kulm, N.D., south of Jamestown, N.D. Desir, in his mid-30s, is an entrepreneur/farmer who works with the program in Haiti. He helps farmers there learn scientific farming techniques – starting with such things as certified seed and fertilizer. Desir also has a small feed mill in his home that processes the IFOSuD crops into chicken feed, Draxtin says.

The Desirs are attending a small auction sale at Kulm and then going to a “farm shop meeting” to talk with potential donors. The host is Steve Anderson, a local lender/farmer near Kulm. The Desirs will attend a prayer breakfast there and will return to Northwood, N.D., and Hatton, N.D., area, where they’ll visit other farms and relax. It’s planned that they’ll be in an IFOSuD parade float on the Fourth of July at Hatton. They’ll head for home July 5.

IFOSuD board members recently attended an Evangelical Free world mission meeting in Minneapolis, Draxton says. The E-Free body helped create a program called Reach Global, which helps fund sustainable Christian development, worldwide. Draxton says that group has expressed interest in a mission like IFOSuD, where they’re teaching farmers to farm indefinitely, and where they’re also offering Christian teaching.

For information on the program, contact Draxton at 218-779-4319, or e-mail IFUSUD@gmail.com