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Good Vision Farm – Haiti Dairy Program

Helping Haitian farmers move from subsistence to spiritual and economic prosperity

If the sun shines on Haiti and there is fertile soil and there is abundant rain and there are cows, why isn’t there sufficient dairy production to provide every Haitian child with milk? The vision of this program is to establish the heart of a viable Haitian dairy industry through farmers honoring God and working cooperatively.

While providing dairy products for the undernourished, and improving the lives of struggling farmers are real benefits, the ultimate aim is to use Good Vision Farm as a platform for the gospel.

Purpose

Help Haitian farmers move from subsistence to spiritual and economic prosperity, thus benefiting their communities.

Vision

Establish the heart of a viable Haitian dairy industry through farmers honoring God and working cooperatively.

Mission

Glorify God by helping Haitian farmers develop Christian character and increase agronomic productivity in a culturally sensitive way.

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A Vision is Born
In 2014 a small group of Apostolic Christian brothers organized the Haiti Dairy Program (HDP) to address the need for helping Haitian dairy farmers improve their milk production while bringing Christ’s teachings and the way of salvation to them.

Fèm BonVizyon (Good Vision Farm) is the name for the model farm, and it now has a community well, a community gazebo gathering place, a depot storage building, a feed storage and handling facility, a two-story missionary and guest house, a milking center, milk processing center, veterinary and reproductive area supply room, an office space with an upstairs living quarters, plus a bunker silo and cattle facilities. The milking center hub is where local Haitian farmers are bringing their animals to be milked. Forage and grain research is ongoing. The farm is home to several milking cows, heifers and young calves, all born in Haiti. There are several programs in development for improving genetics to help Haiti’s dairy industry.

Services to plow and disc soil are being offered to area farmers. Over the past 4 years local masons and workers have been employed in construction, although that is now coming to a close. Daily, Haitian farmers are bringing cows to the milking center to be milked, and they are paid for the milk their cows produce. Strong relationships now exist between missionaries at the farm and this Haitian community around the farm. Haitian animal caretakers and farmers regularly interact with believers who live the gospel, share the truth, and encourage them to a faithful life. The scriptural teachings about being truthful, living with integrity and treating others with dignity become real through hands-on experience.

White and chocolate milk in glass bottles, freshly pasteurized, is processed right at Good Vision Farm and is available for purchase in some local markets as well as at the farm, and also to missionary families. Expansion of this milk market is expected, Lord willing. 

… Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.
Jeremiah 11:4-5