Committed to being a leader of sustainability in Vietnam’s hospitality industry, Banyan Tree Vietnam has introduced a sustainable farm-to-table project at its Vietnamese properties, which is seeing the company’s Lăng Cô-based resorts reaping what they sow, and helping local farmers in the process.
As part of this socially responsible business, Laguna Lăng Cô has shared the same commitment and stewardship towards the environment and communities since its conception. Every aspect of the resort community has been conceptualised with sustainability in mind, from its design and planning to its daily operations. Having achieved an EarthCheck Silver 2018 certification in June, Laguna Lăng Cô has decided to share with the world much more on its wide range of corporate social responsibility programmes, starting with its organic farm-to-table initiative.
Banyan Tree Lăng Cô and Angsana Lăng Cô are becoming destinations for culinary and eco experiences for you and serving as an organic farming model for local farmers. The organic farm presently consists of an organic vegetable garden, an animal farm, and a worm farm which sustains the entire farm. With chicken and ducks kept onsite, the new area also ensures a steady supply of duck and chickens.
Since its inception, the programme has provided more than 5,000 kilograms of local vegetables and herbs for use in the restaurants and award-winning spas of Banyan Tree Lăng Cô and Angsana Lăng Cô, including 1,582kg of produce harvested between January and April 2018 alone.
Produce is used in a variety of dishes across both properties, serving up homegrown cuisines such as sautéed okra with dried baby shrimp, grilled eggplant with spring onion and ginger sauce, sautéed morning glory with chili and garlic, and steamed sweet potato leaves with soya chilli, and stir-fried boy choy. These are featured in the menus of Banyan Tree Lăng Cô’s Water Court and Angsana Lăng Cô’s Moomba restaurant.
These fresh herbs are also featured in cocktails and mocktails at Angsana Lăng Cô’s Rice Bar & Bowl, using garnishes like kumquat and lemongrass directly sourced from the organic farm. When stepping into the award-winning spas of Banyan Tree and Angsana Lăng Cô, you will also be greeted with welcome drinks made with the zesty homegrown herbs before enjoying signature spa treatments.
With the belief that the sustainability agenda ought to be a collective effort, Laguna Lăng Cô strives to involve you and the local farmers as far as possible. You and your loved ones are also welcomed to join intimate tours to understand how the organic farm model works.
You will also be given farm animal and local vegetable introductions, as well as opportunities to plant, harvest, and feed the farm’s animals to learn more about sustainability and how you will be able to create a better environment as individuals. You can also join complimentary cooking classes using the products that you can personally harvest to craft your very own Vietnamese Summer Spring Rolls and local delicacies including Bun Bo Hue and Banh Khoai.
For Laguna Lăng Cô, sustainability does not just stop at the environment as it also strives to develop the surrounding community of Central Vietnam, regularly inviting local farmers to workshops to enhance awareness of organic farming and share skills and knowledge for sustainable agriculture. This year, Laguna Lăng Cô intends to expand these educational programmes to children as well.
To book the ultimate sustainable stay Banyan Tree Lăng Cô or Angsana Lăng Cô, please visit www.angsana.com/en/vietnam/lang-co-central-vietnam or www.banyantree.com/en/vietnam/lang-co
To learn more on sustainability at Laguna Lăng Cô, please visit www.lagunalangco.com/en/sustainability/
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