Maya Mountain Research Farm Permaculture, Agroecology and Agroforestry Internship

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, MMRF is a working demonstration farm and registered NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. With nearly 30 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.

Visitors come here to attend courses, conduct personal research, intern with us for several months at a time, a school a semester, a week or just visit for a day or two. All visitors stay in dorms and eat family-style farm to table meals with everyone on the farm.

MMRF can work with your university to help you get credit for your time here.

We also host groups from universities and other organizations. If you are interested in bringing a group here, please contact us. We can tailor make a curriculum with you before your arrival that caters to your group’s particular interests.

If you have 2 weeks or more to stay, and are interested in learning experientially about permaculture and sustainable tropical agriculture, you can be an intern. You will be taught about the various systems and activities on the farm, and participate in the day-to-day running of the farm and project. Interning at MMRF is not a holiday. Expect to work hard on the farm.

These are the sorts of activities you might expect to join in:

• Day to day farm maintenance, gardening
• Biochar making
• Produce biogas
• Plant, process cacao
• Plant vanilla
• Production of marketable products, coconut oil, sauces, cosmetics
• Harvesting food for daily consumption for people and animals
• Animal Care
• Assisting Helping Older People Equally prepare food produced at MMRF for weekly elderly feeding program
• Agroforestry maintenance and expansion
• Establishing tree nurseries on the farm or in local communities
• Plant trials
• Workshop facilitation
• Food harvesting
• Poultry management
• Post-harvest processing
• Kitchen assistance
• Construction
• Vanilla data collection
• Assist researchers

If you would like to stay more than one month as an intern, you will still participate in the day to day running of the farm and project, but if you like we can also arrange a personal project with you. This project would take into account both your interests and skills and also the needs of the organization. Once set up, it would be largely self-directed.

For more details please contact Christopher Nesbitt at [email protected]

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