Institute and Eco-village
In 2010 we purchased our property and began farming in Belize. Over the course of our experience and working with the local farmers, combined with much study, trial, and error, we have developed our natural farming practices. We are especially indebted to the teachings of Masanobu Fukuoka. We are also very grateful for our farm partners Mr. Joe Ingram and his brother-in-law Mr. Rogelio Perez. Both are local men who's family (Perez) farmed these very lands for generations. Joe owned a farm bordering ours. In 2012 we purchased that farm also and expanded our production. Our crops are a mixture of annuals like beans, corn, squash, and rice. We also grow lots of local perennials like plantain, banana, cassava, cocoyam, numerous tropical fruits, and more.
We use a combination of Natural Farming, Agro-foresty and Permaculture principles to grow our food which consist of fruit and herb layers. The fruit crops are too numerous to list but here are some of the most popular, papaya, pineapple, custard apple, avocado, soursop, rollinia, sapote, starfruit, vanilla, coffee, cacao, chaya, and on, and on the list could go!
Unfortunately in the tropics the weather conditions vary greatly from extreme drought when it is hot and dry to the rainy season when we get around 140 inches of rain in just a few short months. This combined with major pest, fungus, and bacteria problems creates a feast or famine condition. Many fruits and vegetables are subject to supply and demand shortages. One thing we have done to take advantage of large amounts of fruits and local crops is start a small local wine and probiotic fertilizer business. Other than plant, plant, plant to create large and diverse food supply, we have not completely solved the shortages! Maybe you would like to come and help? Lol. We are always looking for good students, interns, and even a few qualified volunteers.
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