After a break for the holidays, we are back on the farm to apply a weeks worth of knowledge development to a real life case study. We are creating a Permaculture Farm Design for the future of Taino Farm.
With a head full of permaculture principles and various new theories and practices, I am starting to see how different areas of the farm will develop and how we will grow into the project that we dream to be.
So what is it that Taino Farms aspires to be? The answer to that question is evolving. It changes with the seasons and with the people that influence us here. One of the attitudinal Permaculture principles says to seek the least amount of change for the greatest effect. To me that means “working with what you’ve got”.
And what have we got? We have a beautiful location on the river with the ability to house workers and tourists alike. We have an abundance of tropical fruit and a good water source. We also have the infrastructure in place to raise poultry, goats, and bees. Our nursery is always brimming with rare tropical trees and plants because we’re obsessed with making cuttings and saving seeds.
So in the near future what can you expect to see from Taino? Here’s an idea:
- Hot salsa
- Tropical fruits
- Salad ingredients
- Dairy (Cheese, yogurt, eggs)
We have all of those things already started on our farm, so it’s just a matter of getting slightly higher yields and producing the end products. As Victor, our head farmer says, we’ll get it done, little by little, every day (except he speaks Spanish, so its actually poco de poco, todos de los dias)
We are always guided by our vision, which is “to live and promote a lifestyle that is sustainable for our environment and our bodies. To foster growth in our community, environment, and society harmoniously with the existing ecosystems and cultures.”
If you’re interested to learn more about what’s going on at Taino Farm, or would like to take an educational tour, or a recreational river float, contact [email protected] for more details. We love to share our knowledge, and are friendly to big groups. Ask about the Dominican lunch that can be included in your experience, or resources on organic gardening and permaculture.
How to get here? Check out our map with directions.