New Baby Goats at Our Jungle Farm!

Our jungle farm has lots of updates about our farm animals! Our full time piggery is finally complete! They have plenty of sheltered space inside away from the elements, but also have free access a rotational 200’x300′ pasture for them to wallow, run, and forage in. Our flock of free range laying hens continues to […]

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Chicharrones in the Jungle

Fresh Chicharrones, nothing quite like them! During our last pig harvest, our gardener Mr. Jose, a wealth of traditional knowledge, stepped in to make the best Chicarones possible. Cooked over a fire in a big cast iron pot, they were crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth savory on the inside.  

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pig time

Last month, Cotton Tree Lodge welcomed its newest additions. These seven piglets join the goats and the chickens. Many of the pigs raised in Belize are of the Large White variety, which are excellent for intensive farming but are sub-par at free-ranging. We spent months searching high and low, finally finding a farmer near Belmopan […]

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It’s Mango Season

Right now it’s mango season. Nothing says “tropical” quite like the yellow flesh of the mango. We have three varieties of mango produced by our dozen trees. Mango juice is a classic creation, made from nothing more than fresh-squeezed mangos. If the bar is more your thing, our mango coladas are a refreshing jungle twist […]

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Give Me Shelter

Our buildings are thatched the traditional Maya way using logs and palm leaves, and the jungle provides. Cohune palms have huge leaves that grow up to 20 feet in length. The leaves are chopped off of trees but grow back and allow the tree to be harvested for decades. A crew of three has been […]

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Full Moon Magic

As I write this, the full moon is shining overhead. The gibnuts are hiding, the fish are biting, the werewolves are turning, and it’s time to start cutting materials. The Kekchi and Mopan Maya of Toledo District’s jungle, where we are located, are very connected to the Earth. They have been guided by the planet’s […]

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52 Chickens

I keep talking about the pastures we’re building for the animals, but who exactly are they? Most of them are somewhere far away, being raised by their current owners (or not yet born!) until we’re ready for them. That’s not to say we don’t have any furry friends: our five goats and 52 chickens provide […]

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Building Shelters

It’s been a busy few weeks on the pasture project. After months of planning, we’re ready to step into the fun part: the construction. We use local materials and methods whenever possible, as is the case here. Buildings in southern Belize are often built the traditional way: a simple log frame topped with a thatched […]

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“What’s in the garden now?”

This is a question I getconstantly from the chefs, the guests, and the staff. The answer changes every day (sometimes even multiple times a day), and no doubt changed between writing this sentence and publishing it. Cotton Tree Lodge’s talented chefs prepare delicious meals three times a day using trusted classics and new inventions alike. […]