To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
Inspired by the increasing demand for energy independence, food security and community stability, Carmelita Gardens is designed to utilize solar power, rainwater catchment systems, and organic growing methods to fuel our “agri-hood”.
The ability to independently generate electricity from the sun and produce a sustainable amount of food from a garden at affordable prices is finally here. For years the intrepid few have lived off-the-grid in remote locations, but now it is a mainstream reality.
Comprised of ex-pats and native Belizeans, retirees and young entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, and gardeners, our community is truly the picture of diversity. Each member of the neighborhood brings a unique energy and perspective, and we celebrate living as “individuals, together”.
Our quaint neighborhood is also deeply familial – the same family that has owned the land for three generations remain close friends and supporters of the work we are doing at Carmelita Gardens. To the west of us is the charming riverside village of Santa Familia and to the east is the progressive Mennonite town of Spanish Lookout. Across the river, to the south of us, are the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.
Belize is known for its 4 “R’s” – Reefs, Ruins, Rainforests and Rivers. Set amidst a sub-tropical climate these natural wonders attract people from every corner of the globe. The Cayo district is fueled by the country’s largest industries of ecotourism and agriculture, made possible by the lush tropical rainforests, abundant freshwater rivers, and the largest underground cave system in the Western Hemisphere.
The friendly residents and expats of the Cayo district come from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds. And, since Belize is a British Commonwealth with English as its official language, it is easy to acclimate to the rich culture and Caribbean lifestyle.