To grow a harmonious social and ecological environment, where people from various cultures can come together, to share their experiences and inspirations toward a solution-based way of life.
We cultivate this environment through observation, ecological design, organic agriculture, alternative healthcare, contemplative education and childcare, autonomous cooperation, compassionate communication, and integral micro-businesses. Through the Fruition Center; internships, permaculture design courses, workshops, festivals, outreach, and other activities are tools that we offer to interact with our greater community.
We’ve all heard the phrase: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. As individuals, there are many things we can do, and experiment with, to ask ourselves what we wish to see, and pursue ways to embrace it. This journey is never ending, and can be filled with both great challenge, as well as great fulfillment. How much more fulfilling (not to forget challenging) can this practice be, when we set out to do it collectively?
Culture is the living framework by which we weave our societies. It is the defining flavor of our collective expression, and the bond that unite us. As members of a Holistic Culture, we design health and wellness into our way of life, as well as our interactions with the ecosystems of which we are part. This culture holds organic living, whole foods, natural medicines, appropriate technologies, conscious music, movement, art, and sustainability as the cornerstones of its ethics and practice.
“Care for the Earth, Care for the People, Share the Surplus!”
It is a declaration that we must be well within ourselves, our communities, and our environment; in order to shift the old paradigm of humanity into one of harmony. This is the culture that we wish to be in our world!
Organic Food Production:
Sustainable food production is a cornerstone for holistic culture. Therefore, much of our project is dedicated to growing food using a variety of organic techniques, including companion planting and homegrown fertilizers. The community gardens and greenhouse are a beautiful blend of annual and perennial crops. Additional zones are reserved for a focus on purely perennial and “large scale” staple food production. Integrated animal husbandry also provides organic foods, such as milk and eggs, fertilizer, friendships, and land maintenance assistance. Currently, we share the farm with a cow, goats, chickens, ducks, tilapia, dogs, cats, and an array of other wildlife.
Finca Fruición has 3 artesian springs, one of which we currently tap for drinking water. While we have begun digging several small water retention reservoirs/seasonal ponds, throughout the land, we (and our ducks) enjoy two beautiful creek-fed year-round ponds, one of which we have recently lined to use as a swimming pond! The same water irrigates our gardens and greenhouse throughout the entirety of the dry season, as well.
The soil at Finca Fruición varies in quality, depending on the micro-climates and history of each part of the land. The majority is predominantly red clay with some sand in it, which has been a wonderful base for holding nutrients in the gardens, water in the ponds, and for cobbing. The farm has a wonderful diversity of texture, trees, and bio-mass, making for great soil building material. In these few years that we have been stewarding the land, we have seen some tremendous results in the implementation of simple though powerful fertility-building techniques. With each new season we enjoy seeing the soil continue to grow.
Responsible Approach to Infrastructure:
All buildings on the land, and all those to be built, are to be designed considering ecological footprint, short and long-term energy conservation, and esthetic harmony with the landscape. We have and will continue to plant renewable building materials, such as bamboo, wood trees, cane grass, and thatch palms. We have also been experimenting with earthen floors, cob walls, and lightweight fabric cement techniques.
Finca Fruición is currently connected to the Costa Rican electric power grid. However, our site design does incorporate future plans for wind, solar, and hydro-electric potentials. We currently have two passive-solar showers and a wood-burning thermal mass heater for our sauna/hot tub. The majority of the toilets around the farm are dry-composting toilets that are used to feed bananas & top dress other fruit trees. Several additional composting styles can be found throughout the farm. Bio-digestors are also in the site design and encouraged for individual house site use. Stilt built structures are used and encouraged throughout the land, as they work well for passive cooling and minimal disruption to the slope of the land. Traditional techniques are used to generate a sense of relationship with the local and indigenous communities of Costa Rica.
The children of Finca Fruición have the choice to go to the school in the village, or to be home-schooled. However, even those who go to school also receive a supplemental education through the parents of the finca. The vision is to have a Home-school Collective which will share the facilitation of classes, bring about more socialization for the children, and offer a rotation of 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 here at home. Likewise, the Collective will work with the local school, by implementing gardens, playscapes, and after-school programs.
Finca Fruición is comprised of a variety of landscapes. There are 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 forest-regeneration zones that are being planted with native fruit and nut producing trees to provide more forage for wildlife.
Local Community Involvement:
Set amidst a heavily farmed region, Finca Fruición strives to provide economically viable solutions for traditional cattle ranchers and sun-grown coffee farmers, to encourage reforestation with productive multi-yield options for humans and animals alike. At the same time, we at Finca Fruición continue to learn valuable techniques and lifestyle habits from our neighbors. We enjoy meaningful relationships with them that we hope may inspire the pueblo to, one day, find themselves living, implementing, and doing business as an organically evolved eco-village.
Finca Fruición is a part of San Agustin, is are involved in fiestas, town meetings, and other events planned by the village. The Fruition Center, 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 support scholarship programs, for locals to attend many of our educational programs (especially PDCs). We also recognize that our local neighbors have vast knowledge on plants, ecology, planting and building techniques, and more that we continue to learn from them. We enter into the relationships with our regional neighbors with humble respect, and honor their wisdom. Finca Fruicón also aims to serve San Agustin through volunteer community service, outreach programs, and employment both at the finca, and in the village.