The Why and How of Playa Viva’s Farm-to-Table Program

Change how we eat, and we change the world for the better During the past three years, the farm and food production team has turned the Playa Viva Farm from a seasonal operation into a year-round farm that plants and harvests even when the hotel is closed. Promoting a farm-to-table philosophy, increasing the volume of…

El Taller Eco Vegana en Playa Viva mezcla Tradiciones, Recetas … y Bebidas

Contributed by Nick Wolf and Evan Silberstein Traducido en Español por María Luisa Quintero ESPAÑOL primero – English version after Spanish El Taller Eco Vegana en Playa Viva mezcla Tradiciones, Recetas … y Bebidas  Por Nick Wolf ¿Qué tal te parece un poco de canalones de berenjena, otro tanto ceviche de coliflor o un arroz de jícama? Sabroso,…

Güelcome to ‘Julu York’

You definitely won’t spot the Statue of Liberty and you’re more likely to hear a cacophony of farm animals than the honking of horns and rumbles of the subway. Dusty dirt roads and towering palm trees fill in for Manhattan’s asphalt jungle and iconic skyscrapers. There are no world famous delis here, but the tacos…

The ABC’s of Local Produce

Yes, the alphabet starts with ‘A’ – I can’t change that. But neither can I change that this story begins with ‘B,’ so that’s where I’ll start. Beto Bravo began with basil, bringing a bunch of bodies together to build a business. La Costa, the organic producers cooperative where I work, began with one man…

Paradise, Interrupted

Alberto Bravo Villalobos, La Costa, Organic Basil, Organic Agriculture, Organic Agriculture in Mexico, Juluchuca, Petatlan, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Turning Good Intentions into Good Business

A week at the Club Med – let’s just say I’ve definitely had worse weeks. Many of you would agree that a week at a Pacific beach resort is a pretty good time. Last Saturday, my week at the Club Med in Ixtapa had just ended and my head was full of ideas for fighting…

A Simple Salt and Its Complex Journey to Your Plate

If you’ve visited Playa Viva, then you’ve had a chance to try Juluchuca’s local organic sea salt. A small bowl is on the table at every Playa Viva meal and salt crystals adorn the rims of many of the bar’s delicious drinks. Using local salt means that the extra pinch you toss on the morning…

Sweet Coco, These are Good!

Abundant plant life surrounds Playa Viva and the neighboring community of Juluchuca. Right now, during the rainy season, the leaves are green, flowers are blooming, and coconuts are falling. In at least one way Juluchuca is a lot like how you would imagine a tropical paradise to be—there are palm trees everywhere you look. With…

Perfect Timing

The day after I arrived at Playa Viva I hopped on a 4-wheeler and rode a few minutes over to the Tortuga Viva turtle sanctuary. The rows and rows of markers looked a little like miniature headstones, but instead they served the opposite purpose. As the mother turtles had come onshore the night before to…

The ‘Sounds’ of Silence

I’m new at Playa Viva—I arrived almost a week ago to the Pacific Coast of Mexico to support local economic development projects in the Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa region. I’ve lived and worked in rural and urban settings in Latin America and spent a good amount of time traveling through Mexico, so my first impressions of Playa Viva…