A Forest Gardener is…
someone who cultivates a diverse forest garden to:
takes care of forest plants, insects, and animals
promotes the forest’s biodiversity
provides for their families
There is no typical forest gardener as they have varying specialties like medicinal plants. The possibilities are endless, but the essential idea remains: humans can inhabit and manage the forest while promoting growth, prosperity, and diversity.
Our Race Against Time
Highest Deforestation Rates
Regardless of being one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, about 80% of its original habitat has been cleared or severely modified with the expansion of industrial agriculture.
This development of modern monocrop agriculture threatens this resource that meets the agricultural needs of the growing population and overwhelms traditional farming practices worldwide.
Decreasing Indigenous Science
Of the 8 million Maya living in the greater Yucutan Peninsula area today, less than 5% practice traditional forest gardening.
Losing this knowledge means losing a proven model of agricultural sustainability that could save the natural resources of Mesoamerican forests, provide essential foods to thousands, and forest cover that conserves water and lowers the temperature.
“The Maya exhausted their environment to the point that it led to the decline of their civilization“
“The Maya are extinct”
“The Maya suffered a huge population collapse at the end of the Classic Period”
We have developed friendships with many forest gardeners local to the Belize and Guatemala area. With their unique specialties and expertise, every one of them is a treasure who recognizes the importance of sustainable agriculture.