Green Globe Highlights Chaa Creek’s Maya Organic Farm In Belize

Belize’s Chaa Creek proves that luxury can be Green

The Maya concept of agriculture was by nature organic and highly efficient

The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Maya Organic Farm was recently highlighted in the July 2017 edition of Green Globe’s “Global News” in what the popular Belizean eco-resorts owners say is welcome example of how healthy dining and the ethical sourcing of food is making a mark on the sustainable tourism landscape.

“Chaa Creek’s Maya Organic Farm: An Ancient Resource for Today’s Eco-Tourism” describes how owners Mick and Lucy Fleming’s idea to offer guests fresh local food became a seed that grew into a tourist attraction and driving force behind farm-to-table dining at the Belizean jungle lodge.

Ms Fleming recalled that the impetus to start a traditional Maya organic garden came after she and husband Mick discussed the advantages of “reducing food miles and the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers while serving guests fresh, healthy produce.”

Although Chaa Creek began life as the Fleming’s small farm on the banks of the Macal River, establishing a working garden while running a popular eco resort presented challenges. The solution, Ms Fleming said, “was fortunately right before our eyes, and had been there for thousands of years before we arrived in Belize.

“The Maya concept of agriculture was by nature organic and highly efficient, and Chaa Creek is surrounded by the remnants of ancient cities and vast suburban areas where a large populace managed to produce sufficient, healthy food for centuries,” she said.

The Flemings engaged a Maya family to get the garden started, and, Ms Fleming stated, “thus began a mutually rewarding relationship with people and land…

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