Double Harvest Provides Lifeline In Haiti

Double Harvest Provides Lifeline In Haiti

While ports have been jammed as international aid flows into Haiti, the Double Harvest Christian mission the Van Wingerden family founded in 1981 that is only eight miles from Port-au-Prince has immediately begun providing food, water, shelter and medical care for thousands devastated by last week’s earthquake.

On Sunday, Abe Van Wingerden of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, N.C., provided this update on the relief efforts:

– The Double Harvest team fed more than 3,000 people during the day Saturday in a kitchen/cafeteria that is set up to feed only 300. The tilapia farm has been a miracle as they await additional supplies. One fish can feed three people and they have more than 40,000 fish in the tilapia farm ready to eat, which was just built and finished in the last few months.
– The Double Harvest team also gave out rice, eggs and fish to the five surrounding villages as hunger is the biggest need at this time.
– Organization of volunteers has been outstanding and the outpouring has been tremendous. “We have a ton of folks wanting to help. We have heard from the U.S. military that there are too many non-medical people trying to come in and it is hindering the medical efforts. If you hear of a non-medical person who is thinking of going to Haiti, please ask them to wait. Food is in tight supply and we need to conserve those kinds of resources by staying away unless you are a medical person.”
– A number of planes and jets have been donated in Miami and in the Dominican Republic to help get needed resources and people to Haiti.
– The biggest issue at this point is still the fuel shortage and funding. Fuel is needed to keep fresh water pumping and run the surgical facility. “The fuel is expensive and the fuel issue becomes even more frustrating when you know that we have 25-30 surgeons, anesthetists and nurses ready and waiting to go.”
         
Abe’s uncles John, Joe, Arie, Nick and cousin, Joey, all arrived in Haiti on Friday. They also had 20 medical students with them to take injured Haitians back to Double Harvest from the city. Abe’s father Tom, who died just before Christmas last month, spent a week each month in Haiti for the last few years helping build many of the resources begun by his father that are being used in the relief effort this week.  Tom’s family was originally scheduled to be in Haiti last week and would have been staying at one of the hotels that collapsed.

As soon as the earthquake hit, John’s son David of Express Seed and Green Circle Growers recalls, “When John, Bob, Nick, Joe and Arie were discussing if they should go down to Haiti, one of them said, “If Tom were here, he would already be there, by boat, by helicopter, or by swimming!  Why are we waiting?!” 

More than $100,000 was raised for Double Harvest in the weeks following Tom’s funeral and an additional $100,000 since the earthquake struck. “We have raised over $200,000 so far, but we need more with our goal being $1 million for more than just relief, but rather long-term rebuilding and expansion of the work that had already begun in Haiti before the devastation,” Abe says.

All the funds donated through Double Harvest for the Disaster Relief project will go directly to the victims of the earthquake,  Double Harvest is already using the funds to buy 1)fuel for transport of materials to be distributed and to pull pure water from the wells on location, 2)food to feed the hungry,  3) medical supplies and  4) medical care. Long-term friends of Double harvest have already built a general fund to take care of administrative duties.

To make a donation to support this relief effort, go to Doubleharvest.org, which now has PayPal processing capabilities or send a check to:

Double Harvest–Haiti
Tom Van Wingerden Memorial Fund
55 South Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

Founded in 1981 by Aart Van Wingerden, Operation Double Harvest began in Haiti with the purpose of establishing an agricultural project that would help people help themselves by teaching them to grow food while instilling a Christian work ethic. His vision was to “sow seeds of life” in an impoverished situation. The 200-acre project consists of a farm, school, medical/surgical clinic, a tilapia farm, and a housing project. The facilities were built to last with high quality construction and access to fresh water, but no one envisioned responding to a natural disaster of this magnitude.  Aart’s 16 children have all had a hand in building Double Harvest and sustaining it over the last 29 years.

 “By the sheer grace of God, all of Double Harvest’s buildings remained intact during the earthquake, and they have quickly turned into a makeshift relief center helping thousands of Haitians,” Abe says. “Relief efforts from all over the world have been spotty in getting executed but Double Harvest is established, on the ground already, and already helping to repair, rebuild and restore the people of Haiti.”

Leave a Reply

14 comments on “Double Harvest Provides Lifeline In Haiti

  1. I spent two weeks at DH in 2008 with Bob Hager, Step of Faith Ministry, we had the pleasure of meeting Tom on that visit. Tom would be so happy with the way you all have handled this crisis and the way God is using this great mission. My prayers are with you, standing by to help out when your ready. Give my regards to Art.
    Rob

  2. I was in Haiti on a mission 12 years ago and saw the great need for a ministry such as yours. God bless you and your family for starting this and continuing to help the people of Haiti. Education is needed as much as anything else to combat hunger and the deforestation. My prayers are with you as you give food and comfort.

  3. vicky, isn’t it an amazing time for all of this to happen and isn’t wonderful to have all of your family so involved
    in helping this nation in crisis. i am sure at that tom is looking down on all of you and that he is smiling. i think of you so often and wish you all the best. with kindest regards, stefanie

  4. Vickie,
    We in the North Mecklenburg area are so proud of your strength and faith. The least we can do is help such an amazing organization. You have always been the one helping in our community, now its our turn. It is an honor.

  5. I spent 10 days at Double Harvest from February 8 to the 17th working with Orthopaedics Associates of Michigan nursing post operative patients and anyone else who came through the doors. I grew to love as I never have before. I found purpose for my life and received more gifts than I ever could have given. I continue to pray for the precious people I left behind and wonder how they are… Thank you for doing such a good work and allowing me to be a part of it. Dr. Ellesse, bless you and carry on. Yvonsya and baby Marjorie, I hope to see you again some day. May God Bless you all.

  6. I spent two weeks at DH in 2008 with Bob Hager, Step of Faith Ministry, we had the pleasure of meeting Tom on that visit. Tom would be so happy with the way you all have handled this crisis and the way God is using this great mission. My prayers are with you, standing by to help out when your ready. Give my regards to Art.
    Rob

  7. I was in Haiti on a mission 12 years ago and saw the great need for a ministry such as yours. God bless you and your family for starting this and continuing to help the people of Haiti. Education is needed as much as anything else to combat hunger and the deforestation. My prayers are with you as you give food and comfort.

  8. vicky, isn’t it an amazing time for all of this to happen and isn’t wonderful to have all of your family so involved
    in helping this nation in crisis. i am sure at that tom is looking down on all of you and that he is smiling. i think of you so often and wish you all the best. with kindest regards, stefanie

  9. Vickie,
    We in the North Mecklenburg area are so proud of your strength and faith. The least we can do is help such an amazing organization. You have always been the one helping in our community, now its our turn. It is an honor.

  10. I spent 10 days at Double Harvest from February 8 to the 17th working with Orthopaedics Associates of Michigan nursing post operative patients and anyone else who came through the doors. I grew to love as I never have before. I found purpose for my life and received more gifts than I ever could have given. I continue to pray for the precious people I left behind and wonder how they are… Thank you for doing such a good work and allowing me to be a part of it. Dr. Ellesse, bless you and carry on. Yvonsya and baby Marjorie, I hope to see you again some day. May God Bless you all.

More From Equipment...
Syngenta CAST 2015

July 27, 2015

New App Brings Syngenta Flowers’ Portfolio To Growers

Syngenta Flowers' newest app allows growers and brokers to quickly access information, descriptions, photos, culture and more on all of Syngenta's varieties.

Read More
Heating Feature image

July 27, 2015

In Hot Pursuit Of Heating Trends For The Greenhouse

From biomass boilers to hydronic-heating systems, growers have a range of options to fit their operation’s unique needs. Here’s what five manufacturers had to say about the latest trends.

Read More
Suzanne McKee

July 27, 2015

ePlantSource’s Suzanne McKee To Hike Grays Peak To Benefit Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray

Just a few years after welcoming their two daughters into the world, Gordon and Kristen Gray are faced with the agonizing diagnosis that their girls, Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray, both have Batten Disease CLN6, a rare neurodegenerative disorder that currently has no cure and is fatal. Children afflicted with this usually do not survive past the age of 12. Since the diagnosis, the friends and family of the Grays, including Suzanne McKee from ePlantSource, have come together to show an enormous amount of support through viral social media campaigns, silent auctions, lemonade stands and various other events and fundraisers. Celebrity support has also come in droves from celebrities such as Ali Larter, Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum, Drew Barrymore, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Longoria and countless others. The Colorado friends of the Gray family are hiking Grays Peak on August 29 in support of Charlotte and Gwenyth. McKee and Brooke Michaels […]

Read More
Latest Stories
Heating Feature image

July 27, 2015

In Hot Pursuit Of Heating Trends For The Greenhouse

From biomass boilers to hydronic-heating systems, growers have a range of options to fit their operation’s unique needs. Here’s what five manufacturers had to say about the latest trends.

Read More
lighting feature

June 29, 2015

Customizing Crop Foliage Color With LEDs: Red Leaf Let…

In the first of a four-part series highlighting the multiple uses of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers share how end-of-production supplemental lighting with LEDs enhances red leaf lettuce color prior to harvesting and shipping.

Read More

June 28, 2015

Keep Your Cool In The Greenhouse

Summer is in full swing, and that means growers need to worry about protecting plants and greenhouse employees from brutal temperatures. No sweat! These product manufacturers have offerings to help beat the heat.

Read More
Greenhouse Electrical System

June 23, 2015

Don’t Let Your Greenhouse Electrical System Come …

The size of a greenhouse operation is one of the biggest factors when determining the type of electrical system to install. Part 2 of "Don't Let Your Electrical System Come Up Short" covers locating electrical wires, meeting electrical load demands and environmental considerations.

Read More
Schaefer-fan

June 23, 2015

Schaefer Ventilation Opens Distribution Center In Atlan…

Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, a manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products, has opened a new distribution center in Atlanta, Ga., to increase efficiency and provide faster services to dealers. Additionally, the company has added a new staff member to its agricultural and horticultural division to help expand markets in Latin America.

Read More
HID Lighting System

June 18, 2015

Talking Shop: Using Lighting To Boost Beneficials

Peace Tree Farm was looking for a way to maintain beneficial insect populations through the winter. It found a potential solution through the use of rotating HID lighting.

Read More

June 17, 2015

Costa Farms Reduces Greenhouse Emissions With Solar Pow…

Costa Farms is seeking to make sustainability a top priority at its headquarters and two other buildings in Miami with the recent construction of new solar panels, which will replace 25 percent of the company's power usage with solar energy.

Read More
aquatrols

June 3, 2015

Aquatrols Renews Cooperative Research And Development A…

Aquatrols Corporation recently announced a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Dr. Matt Madsen and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The objective of the new CRADA is to further refine and evaluate surfactant seed coating technologies for use in wildfire rehabilitation, turf and pasture grasses, restoration species and other horticultural and agricultural systems. The three-year agreement renews a CRADA that Aquatrols first signed with the ARS in 2012. The original partnership has resulted in promising field and greenhouse trials, pending patents and initial steps toward commercialization of the surfactant seed coating technology. “We are very encouraged by the work that Dr. Madsen and his team have put together over the past three years,” says Aquatrols’ President and CEO Tracy Jarman. “This innovative technology has shown incredible potential with wide-ranging impacts in multiple industries. Aquatrols’ stated mission is to change the way the world grows and this technology has the […]

Read More
Growers are looking for low-cost options for temperature control, like circulating fans and exhaust fans.

April 10, 2015

New Ways To Give Growers Control Of The Greenhouse Envi…

From heating systems to circulation fans, manufacturing companies are finding new ways to help growers control the greenhouse environment, save on energy costs and streamline production.

Read More
Polyarch Berns

March 12, 2015

The Energy Efficient Greenhouse

New coverings technology means today’s films, plastics, shade cloths and climate screens slash heating and cooling costs while improving crop productivity year round. We checked with manufacturers to see what’s new and uncovered some best practices for buttoning up your greenhouse. Here’s what you need to know about the latest trends.

Read More
FormFlex_MTZ Hanging Basket

March 11, 2015

4 New Ways To Automate Your Operation

These new automation products can help streamline labor-intensive tasks, saving time and labor and increasing productivity.

Read More
Outfitting Your Greenhouse

February 24, 2015

Save Energy With The Right Greenhouse Glazing

The glazing you choose can make a big difference in your energy bill and the uniformity of your crops.

Read More
Michigan State University Extension

February 24, 2015

Ethylene From Defective Greenhouse Heaters Damages Crop…

Malfunctioning greenhouse heaters can lead to crop damage from ethylene and carbon monoxide induced illness for workers. Michigan State University's Extension educators Tom Dudek and Randy Beaudry teach you how to recognize the symptoms and check greenhouse heaters to avoid the concern.

Read More
Havest Automation Robot

February 18, 2015

Robots Grab Hold Of Growers’ Material Handling Needs

Harvest Automation’s HV-100 robots automate one of the hardest, most labor-intensive jobs at growing operations – plant spacing. With more technology coming, investing in robots could become even more realistic for growers of all sizes.

Read More

February 1, 2015

4 Lighting Products For Your Operation

These new lighting products have been developed for maximum energy efficiency in greenhouse production. Check out the slideshow to see which products are right for your operation.

Read More
LumiGrow

January 30, 2015

LumiGrow Expands Customer Base In 2014

LumiGrow, Inc. is adding more than 125 new commercial, governmental and research customers to its roster of customers, and beyond the new accounts added this year, many existing customers significantly increased the number of LumiGrow products they use and research customers made LumiGrow a part of their efforts to add to the body of knowledge about spectral science.

Read More
harvest automation featured image

January 13, 2015

Harvest Automation Extends Robot Rental Program

Harvest Automation's robot rental program proved to be such a success for the company that it is being extended through the spring. The program was unveiled last year as a way for customers to get started with HV-100 robots.

Read More

January 9, 2015

Innovations In Irrigation

Need help improving your irrigation? Check out these new products.

Read More