Maya Forest Gardeners

Evolving with Climate Change

For over 8,000 years, the Maya forest gardeners have been sustaining and cultivating the Maya Forest with their Indigenous scientific practices. Preserving their knowledge about conservation and prosperity will help us develop solutions for our global environmental crisis.

Solutions to Challenges in the Maya Forest

Satellite view of belize in 1994. Satellite view of belize in 2014.

Manage Land Cover

Managing for short-term profits damages environments. Long-term strategies maintain and support regeneration.

Organically grown bounty of food laid on table. Processed spam in market wall.

Establish Food Sovereignty

Relying on imports leads to food insecurity. Depending on local and home products secure community food sovereignty.

Truck on a dry bridge on a sunny day. Group of people unable to cross the flooded bridge.

Tackle Climate Change

Business as usual risks continually confronting crises. Exploring Indigenous practices can build new successes.

Forest Gardens as a Climate Solution

Lowers Temperature

Reduces Erosion

Builds Soil Fertility

Conserves Water

Maintains Biodiversity

To Care for Our People & Planet

El Pilar Gardens Network and Maya forest gardeners in the forest

The Team

Our dedicated members drive this mission on-site in Belize and Guatemala to global conferences. We promote education, sustainable agriculture, and the adoption of the Maya forest gardening tradition. Join our cause and make an impact with the El Pilar Gardens Network today!

Our Regional Focus

Spread throughout present-day Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, the tropical Maya Forest is home to Maya Forest Gardeners. Our Network includes farmers based in the Belize and Guatemala regions.

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Your Support Grows the Earth

Stand up for the conservation of the Maya forest gardening tradition. Your support will help this valuable knowledge survive for centuries to come, while helping us  cultivate solutions for our global environmental crisis.

Maya Forest Gardeners is a project of Exploring Solutions Past, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are fully tax-deductible.