Pro-Organic Belize List of Past and Future Speakers



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In November 2018, Pro-Organic Belize participated in the Regeneration International and Regeneration Belize "Transforming Tropical Agriculture" Conference that took place at the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Grounds. Click Here for list of Topics and speakers and Schedule and 12 page program

POB members and the public are invited to Maya Mountain Lodge (3/4 mile in on Cristo Rey Rd., Santa Elena)  at 1 pm, following lunch (noon)  every 1st Tuesday of the month, to hear informative presentations by invited guest speakers.

Members are encouraged to suggest interesting speakers for these monthly events.

Below is our past and future list of informative guest speakers.


August 6th -

Join us for a round table discussion about seeds, soil, and all that is part of growing healthy plants.

September 3rd -

Dr. Robin Clark

October 1st (To be Announced)

Past Speakers 2019

July 2nd -
Rudy Aguilar of Belize Botanic Gardens

June 4th -

Mr. Cruz of BAHA was our guest speaker along with BAHA's Technical Director for the Plant Health Services, Mr. Francisco Gutierrez

May 7th -
Panel Discussion...Strategies and advantages for growing plants to save seeds -- toward developing a seed bank, library, and directory. 
Outcome: Pro-organic Belize will spearhead campaign to provide open-pollinated heirloom seeds by working with local pesticide-free farmers. 

April 9th -

Our guest speaker was Ina Snachez, Director of Research, Innovation and Development at Central Farm. The focus was sustainable agricultural research and positive projects  that are being developed to help Belizean farmers grow healthier crops. 

March 5 -

Marco Figueroa was our guest speaker. His informative topic was on  growing and processing organic chocolate.

Mr. Figueroa shared methods on sustainable methods to grow and process cacao.

February 5 -
Our guest speaker was Roxanna Alvarez, Director of UB Central Farm campus (UBCF) We learned about the curriculum and the strong prospects offered to graduates of the program and for the future of agriculture in Belize. Dr. Alvarez welcomed our input including suggestions and discussions about the program toward providing healthy food and food security in Belize.

January 8 -

Santiago Juan's presentation included a wealth of knowledge and advice about methods of how to successfully farm in Belize using agro-natural farming to grow familiar and underutilized crops that thrive in the tropics. He also focused on how Pro-Organic Belize and other like-minded groups can work together to help educate and suppot Belize farmers... to nourish the soil and use native seeds and plants to promote food security without the use of toxic agro-chemicals.

Past Speakers 2018

November 6 -
Exploring the Potential of Industrial Hemp in Belize Panel Discussion

October 2 -
Stephen Zitzer will speak on and lead discussion on "Biodiversity, the Beauty, the Beast and Some Significant Science."

September 4th -

All welcome, our next POB speakers series will feature SOIL - the key to growing healthy crops....presentation  by video featuring Neil Kinsey - a leading soil specialist.  Please join us at noon for a pot luck lunch and plant and seed swap.

August 7th - Cynthia Ellis-Topsey is a mentor for sustainability in Belize.  She is a spokesperson for recognition and for preservation of the traditions and roots of the Garifuna culture. A pioneer for Belize Rural Women Association, she has helped improve many lives. Through her love of farming and agriculture, Cynthia has promoted innovative programs in Belize, such as school garden projects and the preservation and growth of the El Pilar Forest Garden.  One of her goals is to help people help themselves. Cynthia  included in her presentation a story about a recent project: Jane Usher Boulevard Neighborhood urban gardening project and the grow houses in Belize City, which is destined to become a cooperative for the participants.

July 3rd -
Justin Hayes discussed principles of Permaculture, agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient in the tropics.

June 5
Abner Valldares gave an interseting presentation on raising bees and gathering organic honey on an organic farm.

May 1st
Lorcia Moore, the founder and owner of Naturally Belize Coconut Products. Naturally Belize makes virgin raw coconut oil and utilizes the by-products of the coconut. Lorcia was recognized in March by the US Embassy as "Young Entrepreneur of the Month".

April 3rd
Arnoldo Melendez spoke about the work
Selva Maya is doing to teach, while protecting, and restoring some of the most pristine lands in Central America.

6th, 2018

The March 6th speaker was William Usher, who has a long history of supporting the organic farming movement in Belize. He is a gifted speaker and founder of BAEL micro-organisms, and is presently a councilar with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

February 6th
, 2018 - Guest speakers for this meeting was Michael Richardson who spoke on visioning for Belize and how Pro-Organic Belize can make a difference in support of healthy food initiatives in Belize.

January 9th, 2018 - Dr. Victoriano Pascual, Director of Water Resource Management and Climate Change in Belize. Dr. Pascual's presentation featured predictions and strategies to sustain healthy agriculture in Belize and toward understanding how climate change may affect local weather patterns.


December 2017 - Year end celebration, on the 19th. Pot luck and recipe member party that included new member sign up and dues for 2018. $25/pp, $100/business (to include free display ad). Call for details (626-9017). New members can sign up online.

November 2017 -
Informative, well-done documentary film called DIRT.

October 5, 2017 - Kimmer Ringland
discussed medicinal backyard and garden herbs.

September 7, 2017

September’s featured speaker was  Mr. Kadeem Bennett, of The Urban Garden for Food Security and Peace,  which is headquartered in Belize City.  Kadeem is also the  founder of The Belize Volunteers Club.  To learn more about him and the Urban Garden for Food Security and Peace, go to the following link:

August 3, 2017
–  Chrissie Tupper of Cheers Restaurant and owner of the farm behind the restaurant (which sources all the eggs served in Cheers) will share her experiences Getting Started with Backyard Poultry in Belize, including Chickens of Various Breeds, Ducks, Guinea Fowl, and Geese. Bring your questions!

July 6, 2017 – Dr. Johnathan Canton and Amy Jenine Wong of Kunahmul Organics will speak on Growing and Marketing Challenges of Organic Production in BelizeJohnathan will discuss the biological perspective and Amy will lead on marketing challenges.

June 1, 2017 – Dr. Anabel Ford, president of Exploring Solutions Past – The Maya Forest Alliance,  Maya Gardening and the Maya Forest Garden.

May 4, 2017 – Chris Harris, owner of White Rock Farm will discuss retiring on a small self-sustaining farm.

April 6, 2017 –POB  referred our members and guests to attend the presentation by Dr Stephanie Senef
f of MIT on the dangers of glyphosate, at University of Belize, College of Agriculture at Central Farm,  1:30 -3:30. 

March 2, 2017 – Tom Sagee
of Green Sun Ltd, on hydroponics and aquaponics

February 2, 2017 – Dr. Thomas Mathew
of The Belize Spice Farm in Golden Stream, Toledo District, spoke about the history and growing of spices, in his native Kerala, India and in Belize.

January 5, 2017 – Gary Ramirez
, the head of Research and Development at Ministry of Agriculture, Central Farm, spoke about ongoing projects with focus on seed production.



March 1, 2016 – David Johansen of Our Heritage Seed

April 5, 2016 – Abram Harder of  Upper Barton Creek  owner of Variety Fruit Nursery

May 3, 2016 – Sam Vigue, of Texas on potato history and cultivation

June 7, 2016 – David Thiessen of Agro-Base, Spanish Lookout, on fertilizers

July 5, 2016 – Michael Somerville, of Hattieville, Belize District, author of The Garbage Menace, on GMO potential in Belize.

August 1, 2016 – Nana Mensah of BOFF (Belize Organic Family Farming) and formerly 10 yrs manager of SHI (Sustainable Harvest International) Belize office in Punta Gorda, Toledo District, who presented information which was to be presented to PCB (Pesticide Control Board) on the non-renewal (ban) of glyphosate in Belize

September 6, 2016 – Marco Figueroa, Cayo native,  former technical advisor to TCGA (Toledo Cacao Growers Association) and currently international cacao consultant,  on cacao: history and cultivation.  

October 4, 2016 – Mike Benetti of Esperanza Fertilizer on organic fertilizers.

November 3, 2016 – Santiago Juan of San Lorenzo Farm, Cayo District  on Moringa and Food Security

December 2016 – There was no speaker as POB had a members only party instead.