Tonight! Bochika concludes first Little Haiti Farmers Market season and showcases Haiti’s Jaden Tap Tap tire garden during special Big Night in Little Haiti on Haitian Flag Day (Press Release)

Visit the Bochika-Little Haiti Farmers Market booth to purchase fresh locally grown Florida produce and to learn about the Jaden Tap Tap, Haiti’s largest urban garden


Join Bochika at the Big Night in Little Haiti from 6pm-10pm, Friday May 18, 2012 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami 33139. This special event, celebrating Haitian Flag Day and featuring the music of T-Vice and Sanba Zao, will also mark the official end of the first season of Little Haiti Farmers Market, a non-profit farmers market sponsored by Bochika and the Make Healthy Happen Miami Campaign. During this May Big Night in Little Haiti, the Little Haiti Farmers Market booth will give away nutritional information, healthy recipes and sell farm-fresh, locally grown produce, and Haitian specialty products, including: peanut butter, jelly, and honey. Free “Make Healthy Happen Miami” reusable Water Bottle or tote bag given away with every purchase. Bochika thanks the Little Haiti community, sponsors and supporters for making the first season of the Little Haiti Farmers Market a success. Special thanks to the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Rhythm Foundation for inviting Bochika to participate in this special, celebratory May Big Night in Little Haiti. Bon Fèt Drapo!


Bochika to screen short video, “A New Beginning in Cite Soleil: the Jaden Tap Tap” during special May Big Night in Little Haiti (May 18, 2012):

Bochika will screen a short 5-minute video, “A New Beginning in Cite Soleil: the Jaden Tap Tap” in the studio of the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59 Terrace, Miami FL 33137), at 7:30 pm, following a presentation and exhibit on the history of Haiti’s flag by well-known Haitian photographer Roxane Ledan. The video showcase’s the “Jaden Tap Tap” (Tap Tap Garden) and a positive side of Cite Soleil, Haiti that is rarely shown to the public. The Tap Tap Garden, a collaboration between Bochika and SAKALA Ayiti, is Haiti’s largest urban garden, containing more than 500 brightly painted gardens made of reused tires, a nursery of 5,000 trees, and a Moringa forest. Set on an acre of former landfill, the Jaden Tap Tap now symbolizes hope, empowerment, education, and opportunity for Cite Soleil, one of Haiti’s most impoverished neighborhoods. The video showcases the Jaden Tap Tap as a model for urban agriculture for the neighborhood, country, and the world – demonstrating that bountiful, nutritious gardens can be grown in even the harshest conditions.

The video will complement the Grand Opening of HAITI ART AND CRAFTS: The State of Affairs exhibit in the Little Haiti Cultural Center Gallery which features the artwork of Gary Pierre Charles, a friend of the Jaden Tap Tap, and a talented artist who also reuses old tires to make something beautiful.

Bochika’s Haiti Program Director, Ann Marie Warmenhoven, will be available during the Big Night in Little Haiti to answer questions or speak to media, or contact Herode Garry Laurent in Haiti (+509 37 75 6524,) or Ann Marie Warmenhoven in the United States (574- 904-1303). Donations can be made during the event or directly to the Tap Tap Garden via

About Bochika:

Bochika is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Miami FL. Bochika’s mission is to empower marginalized and impoverished communities through participatory sustainable economic, agricultural, and social development programs. To fulfill this mission, Bochika builds partnerships with community-based organizations and provides training, tools, and technology that promote organizational development, increase social impact, and enhance global visibility. In its first year of existence, Bochika was awarded major grants to fund programs in Haiti and Miami, selected to lead a 300-person Capacity Building seminar in Colombia, and acknowledged for its innovation and commitment to change by former President Bill Clinton. To learn more, visit