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Marisha Auerbach
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Maya Mountain Research Farm is a premier 25 year old permaculture site in Central America. It is located in a remote setting in southern Belize in the heart of the Mayan Criollo Cacao region. Christopher Nesbitt has been stewarding this land and transformed it from degraded pasture and citrus to a thriving polyculture of an incredible diversity of useful plants. Come join us and immerse yourself in tropical permaculture. A majority of our students come from the various ethnic groups in Belize and the course is instructed in English, which is the national language of Belize. This is a great opportunity to learn about all those tropical plants that are adored in the north including cacao, coffee, vanilla, ginger, tumeric, cardamon, and more. To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/


Maya Mountain Research Farm's 11th Annual permaculture design course


with Albert Bates, Marisha Auerbach, Koreen Brennan, and Christopher Nesbitt

February 22 - March 6, 2016

At Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize

San Pedro Columbia, Toledo District, Belize

Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable, ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With over 26 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned citrus and cattle farm to a biologically diverse polyculture, MMRF is one of Central Americas oldest permaculture farms. Students who attend this course get a chance to learn permaculture in a venue that is the product of decades worth of permaculture design work.

Place: Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, BELIZE



Course Topics Include:

* Permaculture Ethics & Principles

* Mapping & Design Exercises

* Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition

* Observation & Site Analysis

* Garden Design & Establishment

* Useful Plants & Planting Strategies

* Water Harvesting, Management & Conservation

* Soil Building & Ecology

* Animals in the System

* Forests, Agroforestry & Tree Crops

* Eco-Building & appropriate technology

* Urban Permaculture & Village Design
* Cooperative Economics

Cost: USD1500/B$3000 if paid after January 15th. Early bird discount,USD1250/B$2500

Includes organic farm fresh meals, all course materials and expeditions*, comfortable accommodation at the farm, and a certificate of Permaculture Design upon completion of the course. For details, or to register, please contact Christopher Nesbitt at info@mmrfbz.org.

To learn more about the site, visit http://www.mmrfbz.org/

*fees for entry into National Parks or Maya ruins must be paid by the students.
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