Check out the videos below, where Patch of Heaven Co-Founder Bruce Chesney, Director, Fred Hubbard and Chief Environmental Horticulturalist, Roberto Delcid share news about the work underway at “The Patch.”
We are the home of the first commercial attempt at growing cacao in the continental United States. As a model for agroforestry, the margins of our forests are in the process of being planted with Theobroma cacao. This is a way to fulfill our mission to protect the forest and its inhabitants, while also demonstrating that we are fully capable of reforesting and collaborating with the forest itself in a manner that is beneficial for all.
the bat House
Construction has been completed on the largest bat house in Florida. The project is in collaboration with Miami Bat Squad, led by Giselle Hosein, a group of volunteers, and scientists who advocate for research and conservation of bats in south Florida.
The Bat House has been designed with input from experts in the field of chiropterologist, and has the capabilities of housing varying species of bats including, but not limited to, the critically endangered Florida Bonneted Bat.
We have also constructed a wetland marsh/meadow that expands across the front of the Bat House in order to provide a clearing from which the bats can enter and exit the Bat House.
We’ve built a 10-hive aviary to enrich the environment and produce delicious local honey.
We have recently acquired a property adjacent to the Patch of Heaven.
Formerly a plant nursery completely covered with a shade cloth, the 6.5 acre space is now part of the Sanctuary and is in the process of being re-forested.