Regenerative Homestead and Food Forest Forest Farm

 

Over the past decade what began as degraded and eventualy abandoned cattel pasture has been transformend into a 9-acre permaculture site located in the jungle of the Costa Rican Caribbean, and has become an important center for education and community development.  We started as an 100% off the grid homestead on an abandoned cattle pasture in the middle of the jungle and due to global interest we started offering an education for Earth repair, good food movement and right livelyhood. 

Finca Tierra’s education facility acts as a local research station for strategies, techniques and plants that are culturally acceptable and environmentally suitable, as well as for appropriate technologies which are economically viable and require low capital investment.  We aim to reintegrate local food reliance by creating nutritionally balanced diet sources, that are grown locally for the least amount of effort and input.

Our infrastructure includes: natural buildings constructed from local materials (bamboo, leaf thatch and onsite timber), renewable energy systems, biological flush toilets, water catchment methods, organic gardens, a plant nursery, a seed bank, medicinal plants, fruit and nut orchards, native trees, bamboo woodlots and food forests.

 
 

PERMACULTURE DESIGN

Permaculture is a sustainable design science that's rooted in the observation of nature’s patterns.  It strives to integrate renewable energies, water, natural building, food supply and settlements into the harmonious natural cycles and systems of the earth. Focusing on working with, rather than against, the power of nature. Here you can learn how to read the land, observe natural cycles, create living soil and design gardens and terraces, and ponds, all while planting, tending and harvesting the food forest.      


SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Sustainable living & agroecology are our way of life. We employ both contemporary techniques and traditional local indigenous knowledge on our farm.  With year-round Caribbean warm weather, our crops are germinating, flowering and fruiting simultaneously.

Finca Tierra's educational facility is focused on the systems of agroforestry, or food forests.  The farm is well planned and very organized, yet at first appears to be much like the natural jungle all around it! 

Along with a wide variety of tropical hardwood trees, we have a good selection of fruit trees, and an abundant supply of bananas, coconuts, papayas and sugar cane.  We raise many types of produce, including cucumbers, pumpkins, sweet potato, cassava, grains, tomatoes, chilies and shallots.  In addition, many highly nutritious perennial greens are grown, as well as medicinal plants and herbs.      


FLORA

At Finca Tierra you can study tropical humid forest life in one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. There’s a spectacular variety of colorful tropical flowers, exotic plants and huge jungle trees that are home of a wide variety of wildlife.  Here you can learn about traditional Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Bri-Bri therapeutic uses of plants.   Native herbs, tree barks, leaves and roots are used in natural remedies, tonics, shampoos and soaps, and.  The medicinal and culinary properties of tropical flora are cures are for both the body and the spirit.


FAUNA 

Rainforest animal life at Finca Tierra, includes howler, capuchin and spider monkeys, varieties of toucans and macaws, as well as anteaters, kinkajous, sloths, armadillos, and brightly colored snakes and frogs.  There are felines, like ocelots, jaguarundis and margays, and jungle types of porcupines, opossums, and raccoons, plus some very crazy looking insects.  And we’re on a major flyway for migrating birds, so many non-native species pass through.  Every morning there’s a beautiful concert performed by colorful birds and the howler monkeys, and if you’re lucky you might see a feline drinking from the nearby river!

was degraded cattel pasture and the land was eventual abandoned.

the aim is to create ecosystems that are ecological sound and economically profitable,

regenerative systems of food fuel building material and medicine

re selling and a re wilding of our production systems. a move from extractive systems powered on non renewable systems to regenerative systems powered by solar energy,

systems that rest=ore= ecosystem function and make long term economic sense. 

 

skills and appropriate technology. looking at pattern and natural processes of regeneration and succession.

imitating and acceleration the natural process of species succession

We design and implement regenerative food, fuel, and shelter systems that operate on current solar energy.

capacity to grow their own food, medicine and fuel; plan and develop a resilient home infrastructure; and cultivate a high level of self reliance

hands on expericans in practices and skills

this offers the opportunity to learn directly from the systems here, their successes and failure points, their best aspects and those that need advancement further. 

 land-based lifestyle

what it’s like to manage these systems over time

managings systems and the tools and infastructure needed

 

productive human habitat system

hundreds of species and varities

know-how

perma princiaples

sustain ag

Agroforestry is which woody plants, especial trees, are integrated with anual crops or livestock on the same piece of land. installing perennials producing food while perennial crops mature and begin to bear fruit. production of perennial nuts and carbohydrates as well as fruit and greens eggs and fish

flora 

fauna

 This site is 10 acres of wet field and forest transitioning into an edible landscape of ponds, fruit and nut trees, forest and pasture, stone and timber structures and outdoor living spaces.

We differ from other designers in that we actually live inside of our work everyday - building and productive landscape systems that feed our bodies and our design approach. We build soil, tend to fruit trees, dig and maintain ponds and roads, tweak wood stoves, sharpen axes, fell trees, bring in the firewood, raise vegetables, fruit, fish, poultry, livestock, tune solar hot water systems, plow snow, live with garden pests and farm challenges, and learn from the innumerable ways one lives in a productive landscape across the seasons. 

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Learn how to manage an agroecological system by working with a diversity of plant and animal species. See the entire process of sustainable tropical agriculture from seeding to harvesting all the way to the plates of the people eating the food.

 

Sustainable farm planning and management

Propagation techniques and crop management

The discipline of studying top soil and improving it

Permaculture and regenerative agriculture

How to go to market with your harvest

 

AGROECOLOGY AND REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

 

There is no better place in the world to learn about farming than in the tropics where incredible species diversity lets you build and manage a complex agricultural system. This program aims to copy systems found in nature that promote ecologically responsible land use. You won’t only consider the best growing practices, but also examine the role food plays in your life and the lives and well being of the entire world’s population.

 

 

Instead of filling forest niches with crops that may benefit your own daily diet, tailor it with the rest of the world in mind.

in the space available between the perenial craops used for the farmsted and student community comercial crops fill the niches in the forest.

 

managing succession is what its all about.

we farm within the succession process. cultivating annuals early in succession to cash flow

 

we interact with our site to affect succession through the process of DISTURBANCE