Alex and Richard bought an existing farm in 2014 on the west shore of Lake Naivasha and from it they have developed a unique mixed-use community called Ecoscapes Sanctuary. Ecoscapes Sanctuary is 150 acres in size. At Ecoscapes Sanctuary we have sub-divided fourteen 2 acre plots which are available for sale as lovely residential properties. We also have 10 acres of organic vegetable gardens, a garden centre (to be opened in 2020), 10 acres of botanical gardens, an airstrip, a boat yard and 80 acres of wildlife sanctuary outside the electric fence. This area abuts the lake, where we have a mobile boat jetty, which allows access to the lake at all times of the year.
As of September 2017, Ecoscapes Market Garden has been organically certified in accordance with the East Africa Organic Standards. The first crop to be planted under the organic practice system went in the ground at the beginning of November 2015. We produce a wide range of organically grown crops which are sold in Naivasha and Nairobi.
The 10 acres of botanical gardens will show-case the wide variety of plants, both indigenous and exotic, that are grown in Kenya. We do however promote the use of indigenous, drought resistant and medicinal plants within the garden environment.
The garden centre will have a plant nursery and retail outlet for gardening and household products. There will be restaurant and art galleria as well as a museum, show-casing the colonial history of Kenya. Several cottages will be incorporated in the grounds of the botanical gardens to provide accommodation for guests. We will also be running courses in organic farming, landscape design and permaculture as part of our business plan.
We have retained the 80 acres outside the electric fence as a wildlife sanctuary as we believe that preserving habitats for wildlife is an essential part of living holistically with the environment.
The Ecoscapes Sustainability Centre, which is in the conceptual stage, will guide people on how to live sustainably with the environment.