I recently visited Belize, Central America and stayed with the Old Order Mennonites in the Cayo and Stann Creek districts. I was wondering if there were any Permaculture activities in or around the Capital City, Belmopan? Has anyone visited Belize and considered moving there? It also would be great to here from people who live there presently and people who have lived there in the past, thoughts?
We live in Cayo and have heard that there is someone experimenting with cob building techniques on a small scale so far. I have a friend who wants to hire him to build his house. I also know of Mexican guys who will come and put on a course. Otherwise I have no direct experience.
The Old Order Mennonites in Belize live really simple and a few farms that I visited in the Springfield community was quite unique. Their simple ways of living combined with Permaculture principles would be very desirable. I loved the simple farms and orchards I visited and a Belizean Forest Garden would be awesome! The families that I stayed with, said that a lot of Europeans are coming through backpacking and work on their farms for a nights stay. I think that Belmopan would be a good place for a Permaculture project as it is home to the Government and they do refer to it as the Garden City! With Maya Mountain Research Farm to the South and the simple ways of the Old Orders within a short distance, much knowledge could be gained and shared with the rest of Belize and the World! I enjoyed my visit and would be interested in hearing about all things Belize, pros and cons. Blessings...Hugh
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