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Maya Mountain Research Farm

Maya Mountain Research Farm

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  • Commenced: 01/01/1988
  • Submitted: 09/11/2011
  • Last updated: 21/12/2014
  • Location: 2 miles up river, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, Belize
  • Phone: 630 4386
  • Website: www.mmrfbz.org
  • Climate zone: Wet/Dry Tropical



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Maya Mountain Research Farm

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Rural, Residential, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational, Financial Economic

Project Summary

Maya Mountain Research Farm is a well established permaculture project with over 24 years worth of work. We offer an excellent opportunity to plug into an ongoing experiment in agroforestry, permaculture and renewable energy.

Project Description

Maya Mountain Research Farm was founded in 1988 and is one of the oldest Central American permaculture projects. MMRF is located two miles up river from the predominantly Kekchi Maya village of San Pedro Columbia. Spread over the ruins of a classic period Maya site of the greater Lubantuun urban center, the farm is located on 70 acres of land. Access to the property is only through the river, by dug out canoe, or by trail.

We manage over 500 species of plants at MMRF, and have over 20 acres of land under management, expanding at the peripephery. Much of the cultivated land was severely damaged cattle and citrus land. We have used permaculture practices ro repair that land.

We raise pigs, chickens, ducks, and plan to raise sheep and goats. We also have a developing aquaponics system.

We have several acres of cacao dominated agroforestry system, mostly on a south facing ridge, adjacent to the river. In the agroforestry system, we have timber trees, leguminous trees, fruit trees, medicinal plants, herbaceous perrenials, and crops like coffee and cacao.

MMRF has 24 beds for students, and is an ideal place to take a PDC, or to intern. The farm is a working example of many permaculture practices and is the result of decades worth of design work.

We also work with other NGOs to bring photovoltaic technology to remote areas, focusing on lighting for schhols and village level water systems. Presently we have done three schools, and have two more we are doing, mostly in Toledo District. We will be working on them in June. After that, we will be working on a small busget system for a computer lab for another school.

Interested persons should contact Christopher at info@mmrfbz.org

You can read about what we are doing at  http://www.facebook.com/MayaMountainResearchFarm

Updates

9th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Belize

This will be our 9th Annual Permaculture Design Course. MMRF has been managed to agroforestry over the last 25 years and is one of the oldest permaculture projects in Central America. Come take a PDC with great teachers at a very well established permacul

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

Summer Internship in Belize

Intern for the summer at Maya Mountain Research Farm, Central Americas oldest permaculture project

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

8th Annual Permaculture Design Course

MMRF is the oldest permaculture project in Central America. This is a great place to learn about permaculture while in the middle of over 24 years of permaculture thought and practice.

Posted about 2 years ago (0 comments)

Solar installation in Indian Creek and Golden Stream

This is a project MMRF is implementing with Yaaxche Trust to give two schools 1.6kw photovoltaic systems

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Solar installation in Indian Creek and Golden Stream

This is a project MMRF is implementing with Yaaxche Trust to give two schools 1.6kw photovoltaic systems

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Advanced Permaculture Design Course, Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, Belize

Advanced Permaculture Design Course will focus on agroforestry and perennial production models

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

7th Annual Permaculture Design Course

Maya Mountain Research Farm in San Pedro COlumbia, Belize, will be hosting its 7th Annual PDC in February 21st/March 4th of 2012

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)