Gaiatree Story

Taveuni was on our bucket list, we arrived, fell in love with this amazing island, decided to make it our home & then we started planting!

Taveuni Cocount

Organic Garden

  • We are devoted to writing our life story as a wild island adventure that is rich in nature, creativity and healthy living. It’s a garden love story and we want to share it with you!

  • We built the Nectar Kitchen dome AKA “Nectar Lab” at the heart of the Sanctuary. Guests are always welcome to join the team in this creative space as part of the farm to table experience.

  • This is our first garden! It’s diversity and our experience has kept growing over the years into a whimsical mix of organic permaculture and landscape design – and yes, there are ducks, chickens and dogs too.

  • Our passion is ultimately to make the world a better place and to inspire others by being a living example of following your dreams. We are blessed to be able to promote diversity, community and fresh healthy food!


organic

Our hope is to present a perfect blend of culture and design. Combining the traditional roots of farming in Fiji with innovation and planning – with a little flare!

Keeping it real!

  • #PacificOrganics are vital to the survival of small island ecosystems. Traditional farmers sustained these islands in perfect harmony for thousands of years and many young farmers are turning back to the ways of their grandfathers.

  • The veggies are singing, they know the truth! There are only mulching systems, fermented liquid manures, row covers, hand weeding and clean home-made soaps – we keep it clean, simple and fresh from the farm.

  • Gaiatree soil is full of organic matter and life and we want to keep it that way. The companion plants protect, shade and nourish each other. The heirloom seeds are fed, protected and saved. The bees are happy and the honey is sweet!

  • Oh and those bugs – yes, there are bugs in the tropics… we wish there were less of them but the chickens LOVE them to bits! Life on the farm would not be the same without these lovely hens and their abundant free-range eggs.

taveuni sustainable farm

Sustainability is vital to every system on our planet. Families, businesses, countries and farms!

Respect & Nourish

  • Gaiatree is committed to reducing the ecological and carbon footprint from activities associated with our eco tourism business. This is a core philosophy that is shared with our guests, our community and the island.

  • 90% of the power required through out the day is provided by a sustainable solar power system. It is amazing how conscious you can become of power usage when every watt you use needs to be accounted for!

  • We are diligent in minimizing waste in many ways: composting (of course!) paper free office systems and reducing plastic purchases + no plastic bottles! All of our Fiji spring water is filtered and served in recycled glass bottles.

  • Sustainability also includes our human energy inputs and this measure is the reason for being open seasonally. We are in this for the long haul and we need to keep our energy levels high for many years to come.

island community

Small islands are important micro climates that bring together strong community values.

our island family

  • Gaiatree’s team spirit is one of the best parts of the project. Most of the team are talented local women, smart open hearted souls that are committed to learning and sharing new ways of building, gardening, cooking and living.

  • “Keeping Taveuni Clean” is a top priority with initiatives supporting education and resources towards recycling and waste management. This island is a precious eco-system that deserves to be protected in every way we can.

  • Education is vital to the everyday flow at Gaiatree, every single person involved in this amusing equation is in the classroom of life. We are dedicated to the education of our team, the community and the local schools.

  • Our team ‘s animals! Together with many amazing community members we support animal welfare on Taveuni. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – M Gandhi