We've just spent almost 2 weeks in Costa-Rica, at Rawtreat, with Ray, a very interesting raw-vegan German who has been on a very similar path of ours, the creation a of natural fruitarian community. He has been doing so for 12 years, he created 2 fruit forest, without using very much permaculture though, but still he did wonders, like getting some really good seeds like Safu, absolute wounder!! a fruit of his own category, comparable to Durian, but in a totally different way! Ho and he can host many people during the Durian season in July to September, here's his blog, http://rawtreat.wordpress.com/rawtreat-english/ We did not continue with him, since Costa-Rica is extremely expensive, for land especially, also because his project is in a forest having a average of 4000 to 7000mm of rain per year, i we hope to find something with not more then 2-3000, we could maybe even deal with 500, like the place we are thinking about prospecting in Ecuador. Few other reasons made us not join him, but we have kept a good relation with him, and invite all fruit freaks to go and enjoy his Durian season, and the real rambo kinda fruit freaks to go join his project, lol.
Lazy Farmer - Panama
Now we are, in Panama, its really great so far, the group is doing very well, we have circles almost everyday, and talk about everything, and we make efforts to straighten our team spirit.
Work is good, we learn a lot, the guy running the place has so much information, he has the best library ever, like really hard to find books, best authors too. He studied them all really good. But the problem is that he is not on the field very much and he eats the S.A.D. diet!!! and its his right arm that does everything, the guy pretty much has all the real knowledge, but he only speaks Spanish!! but fortunately. The farm is really cool too, John, the owner, started 6 years ago, he didn't know anything, so he lost about 2 years, but still, the place is very much permaculture like, just walking around is a big course of its own.
All this has though us something valuable, it's that permaculture is something that you learn on site, so we are more and more interesting into getting land faster then we first though. Mistakes are the best way to learn, and we already have done some homework, and are learning everyday!!
Not much fruits, Pom eats oranges (tons), and bananas are coming soon, like in a week, then there will be plenty to eat for us all. Rebecca and Francois are eating from the market, which is really far from here. Ho and theres cranberry hibiscus!!! One of the best leaf there is. Outer then that food isn't really great, but enough for some anyway, or it will be soon for shore... the place is also cooler, more easy to work in.
We recommend this place for a learning place especially to those who speak Spanish, but peoplehere eat the Standard American Diet (SAD), which doesnt make the best environment one can hope for.
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