Congratulations to the team from Beehive Wood Shop Classroom! That includes Augustane Mexny, Jonathan Euler and Roger Gietzen of Global Freedom Project. They built a solar dryer to TTFF specifications and are now in full production of dried mangoes! They are in a remote part of Haiti in the Central Plateau. The community sometimes has trouble accessing enough food. Dried fruit like these mangoes produced locally have a long shelf life and retain all the nutrition of the fresh fruit. This project is a real boon to the community.
We usually talk about breadfruit but as our name suggests, we are happy to help to plant almost any variety of fruit producing trees. We look for whatever type of tree suits the local climate and community’s needs.
Mango trees are a great choice in many places because they tend to be hardy, drought tolerant and very bountiful in production. There are hundreds of varieties but the local Haitian mango (Madame Francine) is abundant, tasty, nutritious and best of all grows true to seed. (Many fruit trees have to be grafted or are very difficult to propagate.)
Of course this solar dryer will be used for other fruit when fresh mangoes are no longer in season.
Congratulations and good luck to the community.