Posted: August 13, 2009 in Uncategorized
We today as we will each Wednesday  have gathered together some of the tilapia to be cooked with the Food for the Starving Children food that we give the pregnant ladies that come for the Thursday program. 


These tilapia are all female, which I am told grow slower and not as large as the male.  We for the next couple of weeks will give the excess females that we have and then start with the large males.  The ladies will gut the fish, but not of course cut off the head, boil the fish and remove the bones and then mix the fish into the food that we today will serve to the pregnant ladies.

We are looking to get to a place where we do not have to purchase commercially made fish food or at least greatly cut down on the amount that we do purchase.  So here is what we are doing to get to that place.


–noun any plant of the family Lemnaceae, esp. of the genus Lemna, comprising small aquatic plants that float free on still water

We have started growing duck weed in these three bins.  Once we have a good amount, we will shape the duck weed into small blocks and freeze them and daily feed the tilapia duck weed.

Black Solider Fly Larvae

There is a company that sells a thing called a biopod (click here to see it).  The way it works is kitchen scraps and veggies are placed in the top bucket, where maggots consume the scraps,  When they mature they will go down the tube into the lower bucket as they are looking to go into the ground to  turn into a mature fly.  We then take the mature maggots from the bottom bucket and feed them to the tilapia.  We looked at the biopod and seeing that it cost about $220.00 including shipping and then realizing that we would have to pay again to ship it to Haiti and that we would have to pay custom’s fees, which could then bring the cost to perhaps $350.00, we decided to make our own.  I’ll keep you updated in our endeavor to grow BIG, FAT, JUICY MAGGOTS for the tilapia.


We in six five gallon buckets are growing mosquito larvae which we feed to the tilapia.  Click here to see fascinating clip on the Life Cycle of a Mosquito. 
We put a quarter piece of sliced white bread onto the surface of the water which we have put into the bucket.  The mosquitoes attracted by the yeast in the bread lay their eggs on the bread which decomposes into the water and the eggs or rafts float on the surface of the water. We daily check the buckets to be sure that we scooped out the larvae when at its plumpest and juiciest  and before they actually transform into a flying, biting nuisance.


We have rats, lots of rats, lots and lots of rats.  We in an effort to control them use poison and the old fashion break their neck traps, the sticky paper traps and live traps as well.  The rats have decided that they like the fruit and vegetables that we are growing in the roof top garden,  So in an effort to motivate our workers that look after the garden, tilapia, and chickens I have offered a $5.00 Haitian bounty on each rat caught.  This comes to about sixty cents American.  I so far have paid 20 times, but in my having lived in Haiti 20 years mind, I’m not sure that I haven’t paid 20 times for one rat.  So starting yesterday I now must be see the dead rat and be given the rat’s tail before I will give the money.  In the back of my having lived in Haiti for 20 years mind, I’m wondering if I haven’t started a business here.  The guys buy the rats from neighbors, friends, rat bounty hunters and so on for let’s say $2.50 Haitian and then I pay for $5.00 Haitian for each dead rat viewing and the tail. 


John (trying to live simply in a VERY COMPLICATED COUNTRY) McHoul

  1. Tim says:

    You are the Haitian Pied Piper.

  2. John says:

    More like a yard man

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