If you have been following some of the blogs here, you’ve probably read a little about eXtreme Hotel’s organic farm. The farm is called Taino Farms, after the native people of the island and it is located in the mountains of Los Brazos.
The farm manager is big on using permaculture techniques and organic farming methods. There are no chemicals of any kind used at our farm. We try to use recycled materials or natural products wherever we can. We grow much of our produce vertically, rather than horizontally, maximizing the space we utalize.
The produce from the farm augments the food we use in the kitchen at the hotel to produce fresh and healthy meals at our restaurant. As production increases, we will increasingly use fresh organic produce from the farm at the restaurant. It is our goal to eventually use only the organic produce from our farm to create delicious, wholesome meals in the restuarant.
Additionally, we sell some produce and
seedlings at the local Cabarete market on Saturdays from 10-2.
Some of the produce we have includes different lettuce, spinach, bok choy, various tomatoes and cucmbers, different types of squash, garlic, herbs including lemongrass, basil and oregano. We also have various fruits including grapefruit, chinola, cherry, banana, starfruit and other local Dominican fruits. Some of these seedlings are also available for purchase at the market.
The compost from the kitchen at eXtreme Hotel, along with several other restaurants in Cabarete are taken to the farm to provide natural fertilizer.
Behind the farm is a beautiful river that flows down from the mountains. It is a cool and refreshing place to swim, with a sandy bottom.
Tours are available from the hotel to the farm where you can learn about organic farming and permaculture, enjoy some lunch and take a refreshing swim in the river. Ask the staff at the hotel about the tour and they will be more than willing to set one up for you. This is a fun and educational eco-tour and a great way to spend a day, especially if there is not much wind for kiteboarding at the hotel.
At eXtreme Hotel you will find a garden that implements many of the techniques and concepts that we use at the farm. Come check it out. If you see the farm manager working in the garden feel free to ask him any questions you may have. He is always willing to share his knowledge with others and is very animated regarding his work.
Come see for yourself why eXtreme Hotel is the most unique and fun place on Kitebeach in Cabarete. For a personal touch and that little extra something, this is the place to be.