Our Permaculture Design

Project Concept:
Finca Fruición (Fruition Farm) is a cooperative land project and education center that focuses on cultivating a holistic culture of well-being that includes one’s self, their community, and the environment.  Finca Fruición is located in San Agustín, a pueblo on the top of a ridge line overlooking the entire valley of Pérez Zeledón, with Mount Chirripó, Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, as the center piece.  The views on the farm are breath-taking, and give the feeling of being on top of the world.  Set amidst deforestation, Finca Fruición strives to provide solutions for traditional cattle ranching and sun grown coffee, encouraging reforestation with productive yields for humans and animals alike.  Finca Fruición also aims to learn from the locals and create respectful, meaningful relationships that inspire the pueblo towards becoming an eco-village.

Mission:
Our mission is to embody harmony within, with our fellow human beings, and with our environment, by establishing a Holistic Culture that focuses on integral food production, community interaction, education, and holistic lifestyles.

Vision:
The vision of Finca Fruición is to become a living model for a way of life that can transform how humans interact with each other and the ecology.  We create this through a well thought-out permaculture site design focusing on sustainable, organic agriculture, alternative healthcare, holistic education and childcare, autonomous cooperative land ownership, compassionate communication, and integral micro-businesses.  We host Internships, Permaculture Design Certification courses, Workshops, Festivals, and other groups which focus on learning and integrating Holistic Culture.  The land itself comprises of residential housesites, rental cabins, communal gardens, nurseries, a greenhouse, aquaculture ponds, food forests, springs, animal systems, reforestation, volunteer village, workshop/art space, kid’s playscape, and the Fruition Center.

Holistic Culture:
We all know the phrase – “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.  We can be that individually, however to do it collectively we need a framework.  This is were we feel culture comes in, it is the structure of our human societies, the flavor of our expression and the bonds that unite us.  By focusing on a Holistic Culture, we design health and wellness into our way of life, and our interactions with the ecosystems around us. This culture holds organic, whole foods, alternative medicines, natural building, conscious music, movement, art, and sustainability as the cornerstones of its ethics.  Care for the Earth, Care for the People, Share the Surplus.  It is declaring we must be well within ourselves, our communities, and our environment, in order to shift the old paradigm of humanity into one of harmony.

Organic Food Production:
Sustainable food production is a cornerstone to the Culture of Well-being, and therefore, much of the project is dedicated to growing organic food.  The community garden is a place for annual crops, while the perennial and staple crop intensive gardens are dedicated to larger scale organic food production.  Integrated animal husbandry also provides organic foods, such as milk and eggs, it also provides fertilizer, friendships, and land maintenance. As of now, there are goats, chickens, rabbits, tilapia, a horse, cows, dogs, and a cat.  In the future we will also be incorporating pigs and iguanas into our system.

Water:
Finca Fruicion has 3 springs, 2 of which are potable drinking water and 1 that feeds the ponds and irrigates the gardens.  There are also 2 streams running on both sides of the land, with two waterfalls and small swimming holes.

Soil:
The soil at Finca Fruicion varries depending on the micro-climates and history each part of the land.  The majority is red clay with some sand in it, which has been wonderful for holding nutrients in the gardens, water in the ponds, and for cobbing.

Green Architecture:
All buildings that on the land and all those to be built will be designed based on ecological techniques and storing energy.  Finca Fruicion does use the Costa Rican electrical grid, at the moment, however, the site design incorporates wind, solar, and hydro electricity. The majority of the toilets on the finca are dry composting toilets that are used to feed bananas, however, bio-digestors are also in the site design and encouraged for house site.  Stilt built structures are used and encouraged throughout the finca, as they work well for passive cooling and the slope of the land.  Traditional techniques are used to generate a sense of relationship with the local and indigenous communities of Costa Rica.

Homeschool Collective:
The children of Finca Fruición have the choice to go to the school in the village or to be homeschooled, however, even those who go to school also receive a supplemental education through the parents of the finca.  Likewise, the Collective will work with the local school, by implementing gardens, playscapes, and after-school programs. The vision is to have a Homeschool Collective which will share the facilitation of the classes, bring about more socialization for the children, and offer a rotation for work and play for child and adult alike.  The Homeschool Collective will have its own building with workshop/art space for the children to explore their talents.

Surrounding Ecology:
Finca Fruicion is surrounded by a variety of landscapes.  There is the pastures where the cows live, coffee/banana plantations, the village, and the forest.  The forests provide a protective barrier for the streams and support a plethora of wildlife.  A wide variety of birds make this mountain their home, as well as many reptiles and mammals.  We have seen two toed and three toed sloths, a jaguarundi (miniature jaguar), armadillos, skunk, deer, a giant weasel, iguanas, boas, and more.  We also have 2 reforestation zones that are being planted with native fruit and nut producing trees to provide more forage for wildlife.

Community Involvement:
Finca Fruicion is a part of San Agustin, and are involved in fiestas, town meetings, and other events planned by the village.  Finca Fruicion in partnership with Carbon Trees Costa Rica organized a native variety tree planting in the school yard and gifted many trees to local farm owners.  We also encourage scholarship programs for our hosted groups (especially PDCs) for the locals to attend.  We also realize the the locals have vast knowledge on plants, ecology, planting and building techniques, and more that we are interested in learning from them.  We feel that we must enter into the relationships of the locals with humble respect, and honor their wisdom, only can we share ours.  Finca Fruicon also aims to serve San Agustin through volunteer community service and employment at the finca.