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Food Philosophy

Our Certified Organic Farm was thoughtfully designed using regenerative practices and is lovingly tended by a small team of committed local farmers. We strive to be an example to our community, sharing knowledge and best practices with family farms in order to expand the reach of regenerative agriculture. All while providing a delicious and healthy bounty.


The key to growing nutrient dense food is microbial diversity in the soil.  At RISE, our organically grown and species diverse food forests naturally enhance the soil. This provides guests and residents with a bounty of healthy food that has a measurably higher nutritional value than their conventionally grown counterparts.



Farm to table dining is the only dining at RISE. The vast majority of foods served in our food and beverage establishments are grown right on the property. RISE residents find their kitchens stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and more. Local residents and visitors are welcomed to our public farmers market.  However, the farm’s reach doesn’t stop at the table. Fresh organic ingredients are incorporated into spa treatments and grace our decor.


Sustainability is no longer enough in a world that witnesses daily destruction and degradation.  Now is the time to take responsibility for our actions and endeavor to repair the damage done.  Only by embracing regenerative practices in harmony with nature’s  laws and systems can we begin to heal and bring our planet back into balance.


In conventional agriculture we have been in a constant battle against nature: pests, weeds, fungus, weather and disease. This has resulted in the  incorporation of  toxic chemicals into our food system.  When we observe and adapt to nature and work in accordance with her cycles and laws, this battle becomes a loving and fruitful relationship which benefits all.


With a unique location bordering primary rainforest, RISE is granted with both a blessing and duty. In gratitude and recognition of the importance of our forests, we have committed to extensive reforestation of native and endangered tree species. These reforestation areas, as well as corridors throughout RISE and neighboring properties, will provide valuable habitat to countless wildlife species which need large areas to thrive.


Access to abundant and pristine water is foundational  to personal  and community well-being.  It is the life-blood of our natural  environment. Reforesting naturally occurring watersheds on the property protects against erosion, maximizes water retention and further replenishes the aquifer beneath our property. By making springs into sanctuaries and integrating water management into all aspects of design, we keep this precious resource in our ever present awareness.



Connecting with the local community deepens and broadens the regenerative work taking place at RISE. Creating a dialogue in which we both learn and share experience, knowledge and comradery enriches the experience at RISE and promotes collaboration. Honoring the local culture and embracing its people as family allows for the integration of RISE into the cultural ecosystem.

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