Logo primary
Logo secondary
Maya Mountain Research Farm
Maya Mountain Research Farm
Last updated:
2 miles up river, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, BZ
630 4386
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

Aaron Pitts Alanna Steinke Alex Nikesch Amanda Freeman Ammon Felix André Rafinon atika ikram Bryan Cornelius Calin Radulescu Camille Messer David Rivera Ospina Deniz Ucok Dilek Yalcin Demiralp Elena Ushakevich Elizabeth Goodman Emilie Bourdet Eric Brylle GULSAH BIRADERLER Helen  Perks Jaydon Inott Malika Cieremans Marisha Auerbach Nadia Pitczuk Paul Tan William Park
View Updates

Maya Mountain Research Farm

Project Type

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 [email protected]

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


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 over 10 years ago (0 comments)

Summer Internship in Belize

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

Posted about 11 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 over 11 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 almost 12 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 almost 12 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 over 12 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 over 12 years ago (3 comments)
Courses Taught Here!
Project Badges
Rural Residential Community School Demonstration Educational Financial
Christopher Nesbitt - Admin
Team Members

Report Maya Mountain Research Farm


or cancel

Hide Maya Mountain Research Farm


or cancel

Legend of Badges

Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.



A member is a permaculturist who has never taken a PDC course. These cannot become PDC teachers. Members may be novice or highly experienced permaculturists or anywhere in between. Watch their updates for evaluation.

Male memberFemale member

Permaculture Matchmaker

One of these badges will show if you select your gender and the "I'm single, looking for a permaculture partner" option in your profile.



People who claim to have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course somewhere in the world.


PDC Verified

People who have entered an email address for the teacher of their PDC course, and have had their PDC status verified by that teacher. Watch their updates for evaluation.



People who’ve taken a Permaculture Research Institute PDC somewhere in the world.


PDC Teacher

People who claim to teach some version of PDC somewhere in the world.


PRI Teacher

With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.

PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.


Aid Worker

The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to be involved in permaculture aid work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture aid worker experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.



The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to do paid permaculture design consultancy work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture consultancy experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.


Community Project

Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.