New plants and fruit trees are planted all the time so we can continue to enjoy fresh fruit and produce grown right here at Fond Doux. A few examples of what we grow includes: coconut, love apple, cherries, golden apple, tamarind, plum, avocado, soursop, star fruit, mangoes, dasheen, cocoa, coffee, oranges, grapefruit, breadfruit, lettuce, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, corn, sweet peppers, cabbage, carrots, guava, plantain and banana.
Much of our land is harvested and used at our two restaurants. The Bamboo Restaurant offers a “plantation to plate” experience where the chef uses freshly picked fruits, vegetables and spices grown on our organic plantation to create fresh Creole dishes.
Power and Water Conservation
Water in the cottages is heated through solar panels to conserve power. Other power and water conservation efforts include energy efficient lights, low flow toilets, and the option to reuse linens and towels.
Locally Owned and Operated
Owners Eroline and Lyton Lamontagne are from Saint Lucia and run the plantation themselves. They work with local communities to train and hire St. Lucians at Fond Doux with an emphasis on developing individual skills and gifts.
Supporting Local Industry
As part of our sustainable practices we fill our gift shop with goods from local suppliers. Similarly, we ensure the tour operators that we refer our guests to use local suppliers and emphasize St. Lucian culture.
Removing Single Use Plastic
At Fond Doux we have replaced plastic bags with paper bags at our gift shops, and are getting rid of plastic straws. It is important to us that we cut back on single use plastic wherever possible to eliminate unnecessary waste.
- We banned the use of large plastic garbage bags for the housekeepers to carry their daily supplies and have replaced them with durable cloth bags.
- The plastic cups used to serve the welcome drinks for daytime lunches have been replaced with biodegradable cups.
- We have banned the use of Styrofoam takeaway plates, cups and cutlery and have replaced them with biodegradable products.
- We have also discontinued the use of portioned controlled plastic shampoo, lotion and conditioner. These have been replaced with dispensers in each cottage.
- Breakable reusable bottles have been placed in all cottages for guest use.
The first people to inhabit St. Lucia’s Soufriere area were the Amerindians. They were a group of indigenous people believed to be of South American origin who sailed up the chain of Caribbean Islands from the Orinoco basin. Until recently, there was little evidence to show that they had been there in any significant numbers, but the discovery of the terraces and carved rocks at Belfond and the exciting new find of the petroglyph near Jalousie indicate that Soufriere was perhaps one of their most important sites.
After the Amerindians, the first permanent settlers to successfully establish themselves in St. Lucia were the French, who came around the end of the 17th Century. Already well-established in Martinique, they realized that the rich fertile soil of Soufriere would be ideal for farming. In 1746, Soufriere was officially recognized by France as St Lucia’s first town. In fact, the name of Soufriere comes from the French, who gave the town its name for the “sulphur in the air” coming off the volcano.
With the last years of the 1700s came the French Revolution. Its effects were felt throughout the Caribbean’s French Antilles, including St. Lucia. It was also the most tumultuous period in the history of the island and in Soufriere.
Soufriere became the headquarters of the Revolutionary Party, declaring an end to slavery in the French Islands, but under Napoleon, slavery was reintroduced. Many of the freed slaves, as well as French soldiers who had deserted, took to the hills. From their hideouts they organized raids on the town. The Battle of Rabot was fought right here at Fond Doux Resort & Plantation, where the fortifications and ruins can still be seen today.
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