The Bladen Review 2017

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 | No Comments

The fourth edition of BFREE’s annual magazine is now available in an interactive format online at Issuu! Get the latest news from the field station and learn about exciting research and educational projects taking place in and around the rainforests of Belize.   Click here to download a PDF version of The Bladen Review.

Belize is Our Classroom

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 | No Comments

Vermont Commons School Educator, Social Studies Department Chair and Research & Service Program Director, Mark Cline Lucey is no stranger to Belize or the BFREE Field Station. Having first met BFREE Executive Director, Jacob Marlin, during his junior year of college while studying abroad in Belize. Mark returned several years later to live and work from […]

Making Chocolate at BFREE

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 | No Comments

The 2017 field season is well underway! In late January, Vermont Commons High School returned to BFREE to participate in a field course. The group explored the rainforest, participated in homestays with Maya families in Golden Stream Village and traversed the coastal town of Placencia. A highlight of the trip was making chocolate from scratch at the […]

Can Chocolate Save the Rainforest?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 | One Comment

Can chocolate save the rainforest? BFREE has been exploring this question for many years, beginning when our certified organic shade-grown cacao demonstration farm was planted in 2006. Since then we have worked diligently to provide educational opportunities and support for those interested in learning more about the benefits of shade-grown cacao. We have offered workshops and training […]

BFREE Fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 | No Comments

On February 4th, BFREE hosted a social and fundraiser at Levine Music in Washington D.C. The event was attended by over 120 supporters interested in hearing about chocolate’s connection to rainforest conservation.  The event marked the launch of a new campaign to raise capital for the Cacao Discovery Center, The CDC will be a centralized multipurpose […]

The Belize Cacao Agroforestry Handbook

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Belize Cacao Agroforestry Handbook is now complete and available in Belize. A joint effort between BFREE and UNC Wilmington’s Department of Environmental Studies with significant input from experts at the Cocoa Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, the handbook describes the benefits of sustainable agriculture for humans, wildlife and forests. The 70-page […]

New Shower at the Bunkhouse

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 | No Comments

This January, students and other BFREE visitors will be able to take advantage of the new shower facility at the bunkhouse. The concrete structure includes three private showers and two sinks. The construction team included Thomas Chub, Jacob Marlin, Elmer Tzalam, and Cesario Pop with additional help with clearing and site prep by Tom Pop, Pedro […]

Home Stay: A Day in the Life

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 | No Comments

An exciting part of many study abroad programs is a homestay. A homestay allows you to see how Belizeans truly live and immerses you into the culture. While staying at the BFREE station and campsites will show you a lot of Belize, the homestay will allow you to gain a better perspective of the culture […]

A Day at Lime Caye

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 | No Comments

Lime Caye is an exciting destination and snorkeling here is probably one of the most adventurous parts of your journey. While every student going to Lime Caye looks forward to the snorkeling, the little island has so much more to offer. Your days at Lime Caye are going to be full of adventure, wild life […]

Primary School Book Drive

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 | No Comments

Today, I’m writing to you as a reader and a lover of books.  Some of my fondest early memories involve Saturday morning visits to our neighborhood library in North Carolina. My dad and I would browse our favorite sections and leave with stacks of books.  When we reached home, he would recline in his chair […]