A research station located on the caribbean coast of costa rica with natural buildings, food forest and organic gardens, where students and interns can learn about sustainable living, regenerative agriculture, acuaculture and ecological design through hands-on experience, so they can share with the world the new techniques for a sustainable global future.

 
 

THE LOCATION (Natural Building OFF GRID)

  • Located near a small river and within walking distance from amazing beachs and situated in our regenerative homestead and forest farm
  • The education center is 100% solar powered, totally off the grid, and harvest both rainwater and natural spring water, with gravity-fed water supply.
  • The infrastructure consists in a beautiful bamboo and leaf thatch kitchen, a dinning area with a mud oven,  the class area and a chill out space.

Accomodations

  • Finca Tierra's exotic accommodations are both private bamboo cabinas and a bunkhouse with great views. 
  • We have biological flush toilets where the black waters go to a biodigester, and the waste is processed to be sent back into the food forest system, making it a perfect close loop nutrient cycle
  • Our showers hot water works with a thermo composting system, providing hot water for students as well as providing high quality compost for the organic vegetable gardens.

Farm -to- table

We LOVE cooking! our food foresta nd gardens supply most of the produce and products used in our amazing organic farm-to-table meals EXOTIC FOOD, MANY YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF.

Regenerative Homestead

Buildings that provide there own water, energy, heating and cooling needs and built and powered primarily from on farm resources.

 Building are constructed with onsite bamboo and lumber from regenerative forestry practices.

Building are constructed with onsite bamboo and lumber from regenerative forestry practices.

 Photovoltaic panels provide all electrical needs. Passive cooling, biothermal hot water and solar clothes dryer keep needs low.     

Photovoltaic panels provide all electrical needs. Passive cooling, biothermal hot water and solar clothes dryer keep needs low.     

 The lumber sourced onsite and harvested with a portable sawmill from fallen trees and sustainable forestry practices

The lumber sourced onsite and harvested with a portable sawmill from fallen trees and sustainable forestry practices

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Forest Farm

The production mimics natural forest secession incorporating annuals foods (tomato) short term perennial foods (papaya) and understory trees (avocado) and canopy food producing trees (Mayan bread nut).

Like any ecosystems, animals like chicken, fish and geese play important role in the management.

The farm production provides the food for students studying agroecology and permaculture and the rest of the produces is sold in local markets. 

 

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Organic Gardens

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We grow a divers polyculture of plants many to support our student community and others to supply local needs. puting ecolicaly sound profitable practices into place. 

Our variety of foods led us to experiment with all the uses a plant offers. From the medicinal resin and bark of trees, the amazing properties of healing essences in flowers and plants, to the nutritional values of their fruits, roots, greens and veggies. We have created a food forest ecosystem integrated with the jungle and its abundance is offering us the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature, while preserving of traditional practices.

An ecosystem is nature's pharmacy and market. In a world with large amounts of environmental toxins and nutritionally deficient foods, grown under unsustainable management, creating declining health for soil and humans alike; we grow in stable polycultures and share the produce and knowledge of how to create abundance working with nature, becomes the worlds most peaceful revolution.

 

 
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Forest Provisions

We cultivate a variety of perennial foods that are richest in phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates and grown in diverse polyculture ecosystem.

Magic Natura

Ethnobotanical healing tonics, medicinal wines, tinctures and nutritional blends. Handcrafted with organic farm products and wild sacred plants. Farm-to-pharmacy.


Prepare for kayaking in the rivers, jungle night walks and turtle/ animal/ bird watching. Turquoise beaches to snorkel, scuba dive and surf.  A town with many yoga and spiritual centers, many great alternative healers and doctors. A spot light for organic chocolatiers, organic coffee shops and amazing variety of restaurants to enjoy delicious meals.  This is a multicultural region with afrocaribbean heritage, calypso music and fires by the beach, mixed with the indigenous cosmovision and their natural knowledge. A magical place where people from all around the world gather to enjoy and dance!