Playa Viva is committed to working with local farmers in a varieties of ways. We started with organic agriculture courses to help clean up the watershed and even assisted a local organic basil farmer in starting a CSA, community supported agriculture cooperative, with the goal of delivering organic produce to local homes, B&B's and hotels.
"We had a great time and were impressed with many aspect of Playa Viva (we also liked Casa Viva). Your efforts at sustainability were admirable and we were especially interested in your connections to the local community. As a measure of our "afterglow" we would like to bring our family down to celebrate Linda's 60th birthday same time next year. We would also like to include a day of community service (at the school or wherever you think)."
Playa Viva's commitment to the community started with a commitment to cleaning the watershed. The first step was to conducted several organic agriculture courses for local peasant farmers. The benefit of this program include providing the peasant farmers with an economic alternative to chemical dependant agriculture, it provides them with a healtheir means of farming and provides a healthier ecosystem by eliminating toxic fungazides and herbicides from entering into the water table. The benefits also include a healtheir biomass for farmers providing stronger soil for cultivation.
These courses were a success but these same peasant farmers outlined their concerns that learning to farm organic did not generate a market for these products. So, we started a CSA, " Community Supported Agriculture, called Canasta Viva, a co-operative whereby local homeowners, B&B and hotel operators would pay to join the co-op and farmers would provide organic produce. The program has already started and has several farmers providing a variety of produce. The co-op also has a waiting list of consumers wanting to join. Thus, our community efforts have provided both a supply and demand for organic produce. This will also provide organics for consumption at Playa Viva, healthier food and landscape for all.
Following up on a story from March of 2014, when a group of guests and parents of the local kindergarten joined together to paint the school, one of the outcomes from that “painting pa... Read this full entry
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