Organic Edible Ecosystem
Three main principles:
1. Integration of Biology
After observing the ecosystem of the Yucatan peninsula, we decided to plant local perennials roots, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers that provide us with natural medicine and a variety of the basic nutrients we need - carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins.
We support the increase of microbial activity by applying minerals, melaza (liquid sugar), and yeast, improving the fertility of the land, and, as a consequence, have a better carbon retention.
Mushrooms (in process)
Regenerative agriculture is based on the restoration of deforested, burnt, or dead land, by the application of animal grazing, and perennial, trees, bushes, and weeds plantation. On the other hand, conservative agriculture is based on the conservation of the forest and using its shade efficiently to grow food. We are happy to take advantage of the high concentration of humidity and the shade of the trees to grow mushrooms efficiently outdoors.
Meliponini bees help the fertilization of our ecosystem through pollination.
2. Environmental Impact
Resistance to water scarcity and flooding
Since this area has a very hot season with the risk of fire, and a short winter season with frequent rain, flooding, and storms, we chose plants that are resistant to pests and highly adapted to harsh climates, such as Dioscorea spp, Xanthosoma spp, Manioca esculenta, and Morus Rubra.
High Carbon Retention
We are aware that the more roots and efficient trimming you have, the more carbon will be retained, and are happy to contribute with our land.
Rescuing and Repopulation the Stingless Mayan Bees
Stingless bees are one of our deepest passions. These bees are masters of coexistence and peace, as the guardian bees stand at the entrance of their hive, weaponless, but with intention. An intention that has served these incredible bees for millions of years, but isn’t enough anymore. The introduction of the european bee by the Spaniards, the unstoppable and constantly rising deforestation and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are the main threats of these endangered species. Their honey has been defined by many a “divine elixir”, as it has an unbelievable amount of nutritional and medicinal properties (a special one is that of preventing cataract). The hives are inside empty trunks. Whenever possible we visit areas in deforestation and look for We have hired a beekeeper in Playa to save the bees that would be cut down before construction, transfer them from trunk to wooden box, and eventually duplicate the colony. These bees are fundamental for the local ecosystem and without them many plants will disappear, and consequently the rest of the ecosystem will suffer the losses.
We want to have a little bit of everything, even if our land is relatively small! (in process)
Yucca, Taro, Macal, Camote (4 varieties of local potatoes), Arugula, Kale, Lettuce, Ceylon Spinach, Nopal, Radish, Tomato, Cucumbers, Pumpkin, Chaya, Chipilín, Onion Grass, Green Onion, Coriander, Garlic, and more
Papaya, Jackfruit, Coconut, Banana, Avocado, Dragon Fruit, Passion Fruit, Spanish Lime, Guava, Soursop, Caraili, Mulberry (one of our favorites!) Melon, Watermelon, Pineapple (all three are actually veggies, but we decided to include them in here for convenience)
Honey, pollen, and some propolis
MEDICINAL PLANTS, HERBS, AND SPICES
Aloe vera, Moringa, Ginger, Turmeric, Rosemary, Aztec sweet herb, Hierba santa, Habanero, Lulo, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Citronella,
Mushrooms, Ibes Beans, Cacao, Coffee Beans