USE OF MANGO TO SWEETEN CITRUS FRUIT PRODUCTION
The citrus produced here at our farm is sold to the local market. Juan Carlos Rodriguez purchases the citrus and sells it at the community Growers Market. Our fruit is in competition with citrus grown in warmer regions on larger commercial farms. When we did a comparison their fruit was significantly sweeter than what we were able to produce. After discussing this with other Growers we learned that many farms use a by-product from sugarcane production called Miel de cana, which translates to honey from the sugarcane.
CONVERSION OF COFFEE FARM PART 1
In 2005 the Foundation purchased a coffee farm of 10 hectares located near Sarchi, Costa Rica. The farm had produced conventional coffee for a number of years and there were a few lemon trees, mango trees and orange trees planted near the homes. a few There was also a single avocado tree on the property.
The farm has committed the resources to expand cultivation of a wide variety of food crops for sale, for trade, and for giving away to neighbors in need.
During the next decade the farm will position itself as a leader of outreach projects in the neighborhood.
For 2007 and 2008 the Foundation will expand its connection to the region with a new housing program. We will construct a model dwelling using recycled tires, earth, wood from the farm, and stone. We will also use cement, glass, plastics and metal. The plan is to rely on solar, wind and hydroelectric power to provide most of the energy needed for this small home.
The Foundation will operate the home as a demonstration project and a learning center. This will serve as an invitation for the community to inspect and participate in the other projects at the farm.