Allotment Gardens in The Keys St Maarten
- Project: Allotment / Community Gardens
- Status: In Progress
- Location: The Keys Village
- Building Area: Approx: 6000 m2
Our philosophy and motto is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose – 4 x R which is applied while creating an Eco Neighbourhood. The becoming of a self-sufficient Eco Neighbourhood with Biogas system, Waste management system, Waste-Water management system, Renewable energy sources, a Park landscaped with Perma-culture gardens and Aquaponics system providing food and fish in abundance offers future and current residents the chance to a self-reliance and sustainable life in a piece of paradise on earth called St. Maarten.
Join our mission to become the first Eco Neighborhood to be developed on St. Maarten DWI. This Eco Neighborhood is located in The Keys village, in the zone Sucker Garden and area Upper Princess Quarter.
What is a Community Garden?
Community gardens are common spaces where people of different demographics come together to create, develop and sustain a gardening space in their locality. Through community gardening, the gardening culture and a greater sense of civic ownership is manifested among the public and private estates, schools and organisation. Not only does it beautify our villages with blooming flowers, vegetables, spices and fruits, it is an opportunistic platform for your neighbors, peers and colleagues to come together for bonding and sharing of knowledge and experiences. Especially in our multi-ethnic society, community gardens nurture the values of cooperation, volunteering, respecting diversity and creating ecological awareness.
Allotment Plots for Gardening
Unfenced, each allotment plot consists of different sizes starting at 16 ft x 20 ft = 320 ft2 /5 m x 6 m = 30 m2 planter beds that can be leased for a period of three years at a charge of ANG 135,- / $75.- per year. The allotments sizes one can apply for are 30 m2, 50 m2 and 100 m2 of which each allotment has different lease fees. A household (applicant must be at least 18 years old) is able to ballot for a plot under this scheme. Assigned through a balloting system, a Letter of Offer will be sent to successful applicants within a month and you can expect to start gardening in your very own plot approximately another one to two months after. One applicant per household is allowed to take up a Licence of one allotment gardening plot at any one time.
Construction & Services
An 1.5 acre is reserved to provide at least a 100< plots with gardening sheds, water irrigation system, renewable energy system, a main Workshop & Security shed and more. While preparations of the Allotment Gardens will take place at the garden location in Sucker Garden, we feel compelled to preserve and restore the stone wall fencing also known as the historic “Slave Walls”. Construction is managed by and executed by Marlin Yard – experts in alternative construction and renewable energy sources – together with volunteers and 3rd party local suppliers.
Currently we are looking for donations or investors for small investment amounts that will help us:
- Provide all building materials and needed labor equipment.
- Create a local workforce who will be taught gardening.
Reliable & Experienced
Marlin Yard is fully responsible for the overall management, execution and marketing activities of this project.
We want to start preparations for at least 50 Allotment / Community gardens where locals on St. Maarten can come together to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits, trees and flowers. For the start-up of creating allotment / community garden plots we seek your help!
Support & Incentives
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Donation $6 – Supportive ring – “beer opener”
Support our project and receive our campaign bracelet that shows your support for this good cause.
Donation $20 – Supportive beads bracelet
Support our project and receive this ring that shows your support for this good cause.
Donation $50 – Supportive T-shirt
Support our project and receive our campaign T-shirt that shows your support for this good cause.
Donations $100 and more – Stays at Vicky’s Keys Eco Hostel
In return for supporting this plan you are invited to stay at our St. Maarten partner – the only Eco Hostel called Vicky’s Keys – whom is a great supporter of this mission. In addition you get to witness the project progress of modifying shipping containers into market stalls and or “Work & Live Units” at the local market. If you like you can help sell locally made stuff at the market, or help make furniture out of pallets and or help sell great smoothies made out of fresh fruits and herbs from out the perma-cultured gardens.
Donations $800 and more – Come and Test the 1st off-grid Eco Container Home
In return for supporting this plan you are invited to stay 5 days in the first Eco Home to be created soon.
Risks and challenges
By implementing our 4xR motto = Reduce- Reuse- Recycle and Repurpose, we minimize investment risks. The challenges and risks to complete this project are mostly climate and area related. St. Maarten lies in a hurricane zone. Hurricane periods are from 1 June throughout 30 November peaking in August, September, and October with higher temperatures, drought and occurring tropical storms which are common making it a gamble if a hurricane would hit St. Maarten.
It is crucial to start preparation construction activities in December until May. Although hurricane and earthquake challenged construction is carried out we cannot forecast the destructiveness of a hurricane or nature related phenomenon. It’s possible building materials could get damaged or lost in such cases. But nevertheless we put damaged building materials back to good use!