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Maclauchlin river, Castle Bruce, Commonwealth of Dominica

On-going Vanilla Plantation development to 1 hectare 🌱 Subscription open

Maclauchlin river is where Sylvanilla® is born in February 2015, from few Vanilla pods cultivated in the Clarke family farm in the Nature Island of Dominica. Maclauchlin farm has been continuously transmitted for more than 10 generations now and is planted with coconut, banana and avocado trees, mango trees, sugar cane, guava and orange trees, cocoa, coffee trees, vanilla vines, cherries and plums trees, ginger and turmeric, dasheen and tannia, and I'm certainly forgetting lots of them. It's a mesmerizing abundance of fruits, roots, vegetables and aromatic herbs, nestled right inside the rainforest and crossed by the river which descends to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, and is loaded with fishes, shells and crayfishes.

This is where we, Don Clarke aka @TheCaribbeanGardener and Sylvie Polano aka @Sylvanilla®, live at time and continuously cultivate, in limited quantity, a few different species of Vanilla vines. With focus on quality, our aim is to continuously develop 1 hectare parcel and to gradually increase and diversify our production, as we are meantime re-building what we've lost in the last hurricane maria. A little wood house with a storage room, a few sliding trays, some wood boxes and the bamboo pipeline for pure water straight from the river, is all we miss and always have to re-build.

With a solid expertise in international trade, it is when I was exploring the family garden nestled in the heart of a tropical forest populated with fruit trees, sugar canes, vanilla vines and crossed by a river leading to the immensity of the Atlantic ocean, where we met Don and I, that I finally could link my area of ​​expertise and vocation. Don is a fisherman farmer and I am a maitre d'hotel and trade operator. What else we needed? Our agroforestry fellow farmers all together. What I was doing for mining and trading companies I could finally do for organic and agroforestry farmers and directly connect agroforestry producers and professionals of the gastronomic and culinary world. We both also work aside, Don is a professional fisherman and farmer since his young age, and used to grow micro-greens by UMAMI in Zurich Switzerland for couple years, while I continuously learn about Vanilla cultivation, train new vanilla farmers and organise vanilla cooking sessions with chefs, professional end-users and private customers, and devote my time to trade specialty Vanilla since 2015.

With little work in symbiosis with nature, Maclauchlin farm will easily reach back to a few kilos of vanilla beans, and many more organic crops by 2025 already ! To help to make it happens you too can participate to Maclauchlin' development program by Sylvanilla® 🌱

Thank you very much for your kind support and we look forward to welcome you soon to Maclauchlin river, Castle Bruce, Dominica

Sylvie Polano

Founder of Sylvanilla ®

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