Our cattle operation was born in the 1950s to occupy 2000 hectares in the tropical lowlands of Chepo, Panama where the Mamoni and Bayano River meet. The farm has seen many conventional operations throughout its lifetime including: rice fields and mill, pork concentrated feeding operation, purebreed show cattle, and pineapple export investment. After environmental and economic field observations it was obvious that the business, land, cattle and community would not be sustainable, and it is when the ideas of Holistic Management begin to draft a new business plan and route for 2017 onwards. High density grazing has brought in the need for many more animals and the ranch is actively growing from 1300 bovines to 3500. Small flock of sheep now substitute gardening costs and fossil fuel use, while chicken tractors and egg mobiles rotate behind the sheep and work horses for increased sanitation and bug control. Our dream is to maximize the number and species of animals we can graze in the same land, all contributing to the health of the ecosystem the animals and management share. The farm is also seeking educational and scientific uses for its 10 bedroom 102 year old restored hunting lodge which is now surrounded by edible garden permaculture.
We have plans to add poultry, sheep, pigs, duck and turkey.