We are Ron and Cade - the founders of MESA Sostenible - an Aussie and an American, respectively, who have a passion for sustainability, food, and giving back.
For the past several years, our work in food and hospitality found us in different parts of the world working on private yachts. Over time, we began to feel ourselves being pulled away from life onboard and towards one rooted in land and community. We left our comfort zone, sold everything we owned, and moved to Nicaragua, an area we fell in love with during our travels.
With backgrounds in cooking, nutrition, and permaculture design, we found ourselves wanting to impart our skills onto others who could use them to build healthy, resilient communities.
After earning his culinary degree, Ron spent 3 years teaching cooking and nutrition, owned a catering business, and worked for 9 years as a private yacht chef. His interest in organic food and sustainable growing more recently led him to earn his certificate in Permaculture Design.
Cade’s interest in conservation, community and sustainable travel, led him to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecotourism. After five years working for tour operators, he went into yachting where he earned the rank of First Officer. His focus at MESA Sostenible is on community participation and sustainable building.
Lenner grew up on his family's farm in Nicaragua near Mesa Sostenible. Inspired by growing produce, Lenner has been studying Agricultural Sciences at the nearby UNIAG for the past six years with a focus on sustainable practices. Lenner is MESA Sostenible's Farm Manager and responsible for community education in sustainable agriculture.