Living with Nature
Sustainability and self-sufficiency, two guiding philosophies in Mount Havana’s green initiative. Nearly thirty percent of our food is made of produce from our organic farm. Our estate is a vast space of twenty-five acres that consists of tea, fruits, vegetables, spices, coffee and cattle shed. At Mount Havana, we want to make our guests feel at home and thereby make what’s ours, yours as well. It is this guiding principle that extends as an invitation for you to be a part of our green campaign.
Visitors are encouraged to stroll down Mount Havana’s organic farm to fragrances of fresh fruit and vegetables. Basket your favourite picks and ask our seasoned chef to dish out a delicacy to appease your cravings. A few of the native and endemic fruits and vegetables on board the estate include leeks, carrots, potatoes, beans, cucumber, bananas, mangosteen, melli, star fruit (Kamborankh), uguressa, durian, grapefruit, rambutan, sapodilla, papaw, watermelon, custard apple, lovi-lovi and jam fruit.
Our plantation also breeds cattle for dairy purposes. The cattle shed are perhaps the beginning of Mount Havana’s goal to ‘live with nature’. Our land consists of a very solid ecosystem. Compost made from the waste of the shed, is fed to our plants that in turn is used for meals. Our cattle also provide fresh milk which you can enjoy while on a visit to the farm.
Along with the vegetables and fruits, the estate also includes a number of small-scale local herb and spice cultivations that spice up all our meals. Our harvest comprises oregano, parsley, rosemary, basil, lemongrass, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and nutmegs. In addition, we also nurture medicinal plants and bee honey.
Mount Havana has a little forest of unique and rich plants and trees. Treks through this wood will reward you with sights and sounds of life on the estate. It is advised that visits are taken during the early hours of the day to catch a glimpse of butterflies perching on feeding trees and the flutter of migrant and endemic birds.