Changing Lives
& Creating a Better World
On my homepage I described much of the basics about the new fruit farm and eco-village I have become part-owner of. Or perhaps I should say, community member, which might also be accurate.  There are about 8 or 9 of us who have gone in on this place.

Luckily the principle owners and originators/managers of the farms have already become very knowledgeable about the processes of setting up our farm(s) and how we can develop the best community possible.
To the left is a photo of a cove where you can catch a ride on a boat to other places.
We have in fact purchased our own boat at Fruit Haven and it will be used to deliver building supplies and food, and to deliver plants and fruits to our other farm, Terra Frutis, and to make trips to small towns where the fruit can be sold. This photo is down to the left from the entrance to the small bridge that crosses the Zamora, leading to Fruit Haven.
Above right, A Ripe Rollinia. We have planted hundreds of these trees.  A few of them are starting to ripen for the first time on Terra Frutis.  They are really good. Like a Cherimoya but sifter. Very good.
That is another thing that drew me to this place. It is the spirit and direction of the people and the community that is developing.
Fruit Haven will have many of the same goals of our predecessor, Terra Frutis, and both farms are also building and preparing to expand with more social and retreat options.
To the right is a photo of some friends from Terra Frutis, harvesting one, lone Rollinia from a very tall tree, with a very long pole, on a farm nearby.
And below you see a community meeting that takes place once a week at the Terra frutis headquarters, outside of Gualaquiza, Ecuador.
I was very impressed with the community governing situation. it is sort of self-rule. Ive forgotten the terminology but it is perfect and natural. there are many books and videos on these techniques for handling things in a sustainable community or an intentional community.  And our farms are both. 
The land is about 140 acres in total, some of it too hilly for planting fruit trees.  And a long strip of the property adjoins the Zamora River.
The location is not ideal for growing mangoes, but there are some varieties that should do well here.  So far we have been buying ours at local markets. they are brought in from areas further south where they flourish. Sometimes we go down to Pereu in the truck and pick up a hug load.  But growing mangoes in this climate might be challenging. Even so, my friends are very knowledgaeble and they believe wqe can have some great mangoes in the years ahead, if we plant properly and use the right techniques. there are special cxonsiderations and techniques and exactly where and how to plant them in our geographic location. We intend to be come expert in every technique of growqing almost all types of fruits.
One of the main fruits we are growing are DURIANS!  These are generally considered the kings of all fruits, by the consensus of Frugivores around the world. Followed closely by Mangoes, I imagine.
A photo of a ripe Durian is at right. This was grown on another farm.
And we will be growing lots of other great fruits as. I already named a bunch, such as Papaya, Plantains, Bananas, Mamey Sapote, Chocolate Sapote, Cherimoya, Marang, Rollinia, etc.
If you are interested in work exchange or being a member of one of the farming communities, you can just click on this link for Fruit Haven Eco-Village, and you cab get in contact with the people in charge.
We are a Vegan, Frugivore style community and we have requirements for visitation and membership. It is best to contact the folks at the website because they can give you the best information.
Okay let's stop here for the moment. I will add more photos and text when I get the time.
Copyright 2017 - Malcolm Hathorne
The sooner we plant trees, the sooner we will be harvesting! That is the beauty of planting Fruit Trees. They are like money-in-the-bank.  And SO GOOD for the Earth and the Environment and our People.

By the way, the area gets plenty of rain, but not much more than south Florida, on a yearly basis. Nonetheless, it is excellent for starting a fruit farm.