In 2015 we began our bamboo plantation. We chose Guadua Angustifolia and Dendrocalamus Asper as our two main species, as well as others in lesser quantities.
Our plan is to have bamboo for every use in rural development, from housing to food, from furniture to art.
We are already developing the technology and uses for bamboo products, seen in the sub-project below.
Permaculture, agroecology, natural farming, restoration agriculture. Labels aside, the production systems at Wübu grow an abundance of healthy food as well as meet other human needs—timber, fiber, fuel and fodder—all while not only sustaining, but regenerating the natural environment.
Erosion control, soil building and biodiversity are among our strategies to improve ecosystem health. Meanwhile, we are actively transitioning away from the unsustainable agriculture practiced here under previous management—namely corn monocultures using herbicides. Restoring and conserving the local ecosystem is necessary not only our own well-being, but for the survival of our descendants. Therefore we're developing the moral code as well as physical methods to do so.
Familiar methods include companion planting, chop-and-drop mulching, planting on contour, planting for wildlife and insect habitat and using organic pesticides and fertilizers As anthropologists have been rediscovering, these "new" practices are often traditional ones that sustained our neighbors and their ancestors for millennia.
Furthermore, our methods are subjects of ongoing research, intended to quantify and validate them, and eventually facilitate their adaptation in rural areas throughout the world.
Bamboo may be a new market both locally and globally, but it is one of the fastest growing.
To find the most profitable markets for our bamboo when it is mature for harvesting, we are developing uses ranging from toys to furniture to houses. Some of our products are depicted in these photos.
As always, we are investigating, testing, applying technology and most importantly: sharing the knowledge. R&D is a part of our daily jobs.
Local workers are gaining skills to soon become master bamboo builders. This craft will definitely boost the local economy, which relies mainly on fishing and seasonal jobs.
Inside the property is the ancient Mayan city of Nito, occupied around from 200 B.C. Historians say it was the most important Mayan port for more than 1,500 years.
This city has the only Mayan ball game in the whole Izabal area. To visit please, contact us. Below you can download the history regarding the Mayan city of Nito.
We are receiving interns that can help us in developing future sub-projects, such as: