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Community

Naturally, it took some time to overcome the stigma of the sugar plantation and the social and political events of the past. However, today, Balenbouche and our family is well respected in the community and on the island. We have special arrangements with individuals to plant gardens, graze cattle, produce charcoal, and harvest crops at little or no cost. We try to buy local, participate in community service, and host many local and charitable events. Balenbouche Estate is also member of the Heritage Tourism Association of St. Lucia (HERITAS)

Organic Farming

Since 1987, no chemical fertilizers or pesticides have been used on our land. St. Lucia’s first organic certified farmer’s co-op, “St Lucia Organics” utilizes part of our property to grow organic lettuce and other crops. We keep free range cattle and maintain many tree crops on the estate, such as star fruit, mango, breadfruit, coconut, papayas, avocados, plantains and bananas. This allows us to prepare some very fresh, tasty and healthy food for us and our guests!

Energy and Waste

We seek to minimize consumption and buy eco friendly products. Waste is composted, reused or recycled whenever possible. All of our buildings are cooled through natural ventilation. Hot water is heated with solar and laundry is line dried. Most of our transportation needs are met by bus and car pooling. In the future, we hope to be able to become even more sustainable and self-sufficient.

Conservation

Preserving the 19th century St Lucia Plantation House, 200 year old aqueduct, and other historic structures requires constant care. Several archeological and historical projects have taken place at and on Balenbouche, and research is ongoing. Our 75 acres provide a largely undisturbed and diverse habitat for numerous trees and plants, food crops, wildlife and many bird species.

Volunteering and Training

Balenbouche regularly hosts university field schools, community activities, cultural exchanges, workshops and group retreats. We also offer volunteering and internship opportunities to qualified students and professionals. Specifically, we welcome individuals with a background in carpentry, construction, general maintenance, renewable energy, organic farming, web design, and film. Please contact us for more information!


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