Tropical Tree Climbing generates approximately 50-70% of food for us and guests onsite. We avoid purchasing processed foods of any kind. Vinegar is made from our own bananas and plantains. Oils are either 100% Brazil nut, olive, or sunflower. Our breads contain gluten but we are always able to make special gluten-free preparations when requested. We offer self-serve breakfast, snacks and dinner, with meals prepared by a local cook. The kitchen is on a raised and open platform, fully equipped with a wood stove and oven. We harvest fresh vegetables and fruits by hand, all within walking distance of our kitchen. The processing that occurs between our farm and kitchen is minimal, but the attention to detail is extensive and ensures freshness and quality. Needless to say, it also greatly reduces waste. Just take a peek into our kitchen. It’s easy, as the open layout invites you to watch us work. With one refrigerator, we have mastered the art of right-sizing meal preparation.
All the fruits and vegetables grown at Tropical Tree Climbing is produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides. For the fruits and vegetable that we serve from outside of the property, we make every effort to make sure our products are fresh and produced in Amazon.
All our dairy products are produced from our neighbors. When available we use their milk to produce organic yogurt. We also make sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed milk. We do not serve beef in our buffet.
All the fish that we consume is born and raised at the river. Local fishermen supply the kitchen with tucunare fish, pirarucu, matrixã and pescada. The chicken meat and eggs that you eat at Tropical Tree Climbing comes from our neighbors. The laying hens receive some purchased corn but are 100% free range.
Forest gardening at Tropical Tree Climbing is an idea whose time has come from 2001. We consciously apply the principles of ecology to the design of home scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer and “farmaceuticals”. Indeed, we apply ecological principles to the design of our food production systems —we have surpassed the peak of planetary oil production, so the world of energy descent lies upon us.
We are working to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while producing food, materials, chemicals and energy. Using photosynthesis, plants draw carbon from the air and deposit it in the soil. And farming is a simple way of growing crops and managing soil that, under the right conditions, encourages the buildup of carbon in the ground. In addition to countering global warming, carbon-rich soil can be more productive and hold water better than soil with lower carbon content.