San Lorenzo Organic Farm

There are many Belize farms in the area, particularly in the mountainous town in and around San Ignacio in Belize’s Cayo district. One such property is our very own San Lorenzo Farm. This 400-acre expanse contains both Hanna Stables, where we conduct daily horseback rides and our private accommodations at Nabitunich stone cottages. In addition to our tourist activities, we also cultivate a wide variety of crops and livestock. Below, we’ll give you a brief history of our family-owned property, as well as a description of what you can expect if you visit the farm today.

Nabitunich Belize farming 01

The main guest area of our eco lodge.

History of San Lorenzo Farm

In the early 1900’s, migrant Lebanese came to Central America and settled in the Cayo District of Belize. The Juan family successfully started one of the first cattle and horse farms in the area on their 400-acre spread of land. Hanna Stables opened in 1987 for guests at the farm and has never looked back. For over 100 years it has focused on sustainable farming practices and organic farming principles.  Some of the oldest tree farming models of the region can be seen and appreciated as a vertical farming system.  Native nitrogen fixing trees are planted along fences which are close to 80 years old which are now used as models for farmers seeking sustainable green farming systems.

San Lorenzo Farm Today

Our organic garden has a wide collection of native indigenous edible plants which are not only very nutritious but due to their high adaptability are really productive, in line with our goal of increasing productivity per unit area. Crops currently grown on San Lorenzo Farms include bananas, cacao, coffee, chaya, amaranth, and much more. We also have a kitchen which is supplied from our farm with fresh vegetables and have our own dairy cows, dairy goats, chickens, and ducks.  Our livestock provides us with milk, meat, eggs and plenty of high-quality manure for our on-site organic garden. All the remains from the landscaping clippings go into our compost pile to make our plant food.

Learn more about the types of farming an agriculture that is done in Belize, including sustainable vertical farming.

Nabitunich Belize farming 01

Crops and Trees on Our Farm

Below is a short list of possible crops and trees that we may have growing on our farm when you come to visit. Everything is grown organically and when possible, we try to harvest our own crops to provide home-cooked meals for our guests.

Edible Crops

  • Acrocomia aculeate (locally known as cocoyol, a sweet treat)
  • Allspice
  • Amaranth
  • Anatto
  • Avocado
  • Bay Cedar
  • Bird Pepper
  • Bok Choy
  • Breadfruit
  • Bread nut
  • Cabbage
  • Cacao
  • Cashew
  • Chaya
  • Cilantro
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Custard Apple
  • Dwarf Purple Bananas
  • Guava
  • Lemongrass
  • Mandarin
  • Mango
  • Moringa
  • Noni
  • Okra
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Sour Sop
  • Star Apple
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tamarind
  • Tomatoes

Tropical Trees

  • African Palms
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Cedar
  • Cohune Palm
  • Cotton
  • Gumbo Limbo (aka chaca or tourist tree)
  • Mahogany
  • Mayflower
  • Orchids
  • Trumpet Tree
  • Xate Palm Tree

Enjoy a Rustic Farm Stay

We invite you to come out and visit San Lorenzo Farm during your visit to Belize. Our staff will be pleased to take care of you and your guide will most likely be Santiago Juan, who is extremely knowledgeable about sustainable farming practices and the history of his land. This will be an educational and intriguing ride for everyone, especially children!

San Lorenzo Farm Photo Gallery

By | 2017-02-05T21:48:34+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Activities, Blog|1 Comment

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Hanna Stables is a locally owned horseback riding establishment in Belize, currently run by Santiago Juan. We offer daily horseback riding tours to nearby Mayan ruins, as well as custom all inclusive vacation packages that include overnight organic farm stays at the Nabitunich stone cottages.

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  1. […] masterwork of agricultural sustainability that is as beautiful as it is functional. Hanna’s San Lorenzo integrated eco-farm indeed serves us all as a working model for a sustainable, integrated farm that […]

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