One of our exciting projects is "El Rancho", a 19 acre Organic Farm seven miles from Chacala, where we are beginning to grow abundant vegetables, fruits, and legumes, such as: banana, mangoes, limes, tamarind, hibiscus, passion fruit, jicama, cucumber, lettuces, spinach, arugula, carrots, beats, beans, corn, peanuts...
Our organic farm has several purposes:
1. To supply our Kitchen with healthy, organic, fresh produce to prepare for guests at Mar de Jade to enjoy while on vacation or attending a yoga retreat. As well as to provide healthy food for our non-profit, after school Kids Program in the town of Las Varas, Mexico.
2. We hope it will serve as a model for the local farming community, which is dependent on mono-culture crops, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, of how it is possible to return to self sufficiency and abundance by cultivating a wide diversity of nourishing foods with non toxic farming methods.
3. We are creating food-processing micro-enterprises in order to employ local women in producing goods such as mango marmalade, peanut butter, cheeses, dried fruits and vegetables and other products to be consumed at Mar de Jade and for sale.
There is a steep learning curve for Organic Farming and Permaculture in the tropics and we can use all of the help we can get! Although we now have an Agronomist and several full-time farmers working the ranch, we can always use an extra pair of hands for planting seeds, preparing the soil and harvesting.
Anyone with or without experience is welcomed to participate in this community project.