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Kirimaya Mountain Retreat Introduces New Organic Initiatives to Ensure Permanent Self Sustainability

July 18, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Set in 800 acres of lush greenery bordering a UNESCO World Heritage National Park, rainforest and majestic mountain range in Khao Yai, Thailand, two unique 64 room resorts,

Kirimaya and MUTHI MAYA, are imbedded in a sanctuary of nature,  complete with its own private Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole golf course.  Khao Yai is a two hour drive north east of Bangkok and enjoys cool, crisp, clean mountain air year round. Kirimaya Italian Bazil

As the first stage of its organic project, Kirimaya developed and planted a five acre farm of organic produce in 2012 that will eventually supply 100% of the resorts’ vegetable and herbs requirements.  The farm consists of 160 blocks of plants, using a “drip irrigation” system close to the surface of the soil which controls both the moisture content of the soil as well as limiting weed growth, without using chemicals.  Khao Yai’s rich fertile soil and temperate climate make it ideal for the organic farm.   Ten staff work full time on the farm, where the ‘seed to harvest’ period can be from 45-60 days depending on the crop.

Kirimaya’s hands-on Culinary Director and passionate foodie, David Bedinghaus, recently introduced several new organic initiatives in order to build a foundation on which the organic farm can become permanently self-sustaining.

1.         Soil regeneration

The new worm farm (using African Red Worms) will provide natural fertilizers with rich mineral content that will regenerate the soil, making crop yields more efficient.  Kirimaya Worm Farm

2.         Secondary Organic Solid Waste Compost

Fruit and vegetable peelings from the resorts’ kitchens are mixed with dry leaves and stems from the landscape to create a  high mineral-rich compost.  This reduces 75% of organic waste dumped into the city landfill, and creates a free recyclable product to enhance sustainability while at the same time being environmentally  friendly and highly cost effective.

3.         Secondary Liquid Insecticide and Fertilizer Program

Fruit and Vegetable peelings from the kitchens are fermented for 21 days in a special process to make a 100% natural insecticide/fertilizer for use on the farm.  Using kitchen waste makes it highly cost effective and the end product is environmentally friendly.

4.         New Seed Stock

The following new seed stocks have been sourced to support the various cuisines served at Kirimaya and MUTHI MAYA

(a)  Italian vegetables and herbs

(b)  Thai vegetables, fruits and herbs

(c)  Japanese vegetables and herbs

The first harvest will take place in November-December during the cool season.

5.         Grafting of 150 yellow passion fruit trees from yellow to purple variety

Due to a higher demand for purple passion fruit as it is higher in nutritional and immune boosting properties (and also sweeter to eat fresh), 150 yellow passion fruit trees were grafted from the yellow to purple variety.  The first harvest will be later this year, so expect to see an array of delicious passion fruit items on the food and cocktail menus.

Reservations

Reservations can be made through the hotel’s reservations offices direct as follows:

Email:  info@kirimaya.com                            www.kirimaya.com

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