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Moringa….the Food of the Future !!

We heard about Moringa ( Moringa oleifera ) recently, but the infos we get are so incredible that we immediately got involved..we bought some seeds and planted them, after one week we had the first little plantules in our pots and from last week we transplanted them in the ground, for our first experiment with it….

We will post pictures of this first attempt with this incredible plant soon, in the while, if you are thinking to became the Owner of a Tropical Micro Farm, start seeing this video, and we we will talk about a piece of land that would work for you, here, in the Osa Peninsula

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Cocoa is Growing Fine in the Osa Peninsula

 

Despite in other places in the world the cocoa crops are hampered by the rising rainfall due to global  warming, the Osa Peninsula offers the possibility of growing good crops of COCOA.

This is, possibly, due to the fact that local variety of Cocoa trees, had time for to develop some kind of resistance against most of the fungi that grow in high percentage of humidity , a constant in the whole Osa Peninsula from the beginning of the times.

Local Farmers in their small farms had always produced some quantity of Cocoa for the local market or for their personal use, never creating big farms dedicated to this specific production, so, the population of Cocoa trees remained very variated with great differences in the genus, producing a natural selection against the sickness that are destroying this crop in other areas.

so, another opportunity for to increase the earning in a Micro Farm in the Osa Peninsula is to plant Cocoa trees and, maybe, start producing some high quality CHOCOLATE for the local market and sell it in the High End Hotel Shops, or in the always more diffused Souvenir Shops in Puerto Jimenez

Here follows an article of the International Business Times about the future of Cocoa in the most productive countries in the world…….it s time to plant Cocoa trees in the Osa Peninsula!!

Cocoa Trees in an Osa Peninsula Micro Farm. These threes need the shadow of dense and semi-dense forest for to grow and produce their fruits, a great cultivation for an Eco Forest Micro Farm

Cocoa Trees in an Osa Peninsula Micro Farm. These threes need the shadow of dense and semi-dense forest for to grow and produce their fruits, a great cultivation for an Eco Forest Micro Farm

 

 

 

Global Warming Makes Chocolate Dearer

Imagine a world without chocolate. Chocolate is definitely slated to become a luxurious commodity if steps are not taken to halt the impact of global warming. This has been emphasized in new findings by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) notes chocolate likely to become a luxurious commodity if steps are not taken to halt the impact of global warming. The annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world’s cocoa produce.

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) notes chocolate likely to become a luxurious commodity if steps are not taken to halt the impact of global warming. The annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world’s cocoa produce.

The CIAT study reveals that if preventive measures are not taken, the annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world’s cocoa produce. Fifty three per cent of the world’s chocolate supplies come from Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana but increase in temperatures and changing precipitation in these regions could mean brisk decline in growing conditions over the coming decades.

The report says that between 2030 and 2050, land suitable for cocoa production would be reduced with the likelihood of cocoa production to be shifted to less suitable areas. This change is seen to largely impact the chocolate industry globally while also hurting local farmers who rely on cocoa crops for their livelihood.

The cocoa trees play an “absolutely critical role” in the region’s rural life, said lead author Peter Läderach, CIAT. “Hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers use “their cocoa trees like ATM machines,” he said.”They pick some pods and sell them to quickly raise cash for school fees or medical expenses.”

As developing nations like China import more and more chocolate, global demand for chocolate has shot up. The findings note that shortage of cocoa could impact it’s demand leading to a price hike, an event which is most likely to be felt around 2030.

“What we are saying is that if we don’t take any action, there won’t be sufficient chocolate around in the future,” said Läderach. “Already we’re seeing the effects of rising temperatures on cocoa crops currently produced in marginal areas, and with climate change these areas are certain to spread,” noted Laderach.

The study proposes finding new heat and drought resistant crops that could thrive in West Africa, while helping to transition cocoa production to more suitable areas.

The study utilized 19 climate change models indicating that even a two-degrees Celsius increase in temperature by 2050 is enough to cause areas like Ghana and the Ivory Coast too hot for cocoa plantation. In the likelihood of a temperature rise, it would be difficult to sustain cocoa farming as water would also become scarce. This, in turn, is expected to endanger developmental stages of cocoa pods that contain the “cocoa bean” which is the primary source of chocolate.

Areas growing cacao trees in the Amazon basin have also fallen victim to fungal infections. Recent reports state that Mars Candy Company is joining the USDA to sequence cacao genome before fungal blight reaches West Africa.

The Cocoa Research Association had in the past raised concerns that small farmers earn just 80 cents a day through cacao farming. Also, there is no incentive to replant cocoa trees when they die off. The five-year crop cycle is a damper in the absence of incentives and recent years have seen cocoa farmers migrating to cities instead.

As the health benefits of chocolate finds new takers, the insatiable demand for chocolate consumption has not been rallied by an equivalent supply chain.

via Global Warming Makes Chocolate Dearer – International Business Times.

Why Micro Farming in the Osa Peninsula – Costa Rica

The variety of environments that composes the Osa Penisula is really impressive and makes of this area an unique combination of soils, exposition to sun and breeze, kinds of natural coverage, pollinating animal species, availability of fresh water from creeks and rivers, mountain springs, and lowland marshes with small chalk streams, offering so many possibilities for the Micro Farmer for to find the best location, for  the specific production is planned to be the main activity of the Micro Farm.

The main activity, for decades, in the Osa Peninsula, had been the cattle breeding, based on the extensive livestock farming that needed aggressive deforestation with the technique of the slash and burn for to create enough surface for to raise the number of animals necessaries for the surviving of families that were involved in this activity.

Normally a medium cattle farm was, depending by the quality of the soil and, consequently, of the forage, sizing from 5-10 hectares up to hundreds, with an average of 20-40 hectares, that is still the actual average size of the lands available for to develop a Micro Farming Project.

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Nature is quite generous here, with a temperature that never goes under the 20 Celsius degrees, and never over the 32, with an average rainfall precipitation of 5000 millimetres and a very predictable cycle of dry, wet and strong rain seasons, that allow local farmers  to calculate when to start the necessaries practices for the different cultivations.

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Depending by the main production or agricultural practice that will be the core of a Micro Farm, the choice of the size of the land, the distribution of it, the kind of soil and  the amount of water, the presence of existent trees coverage, the orientation and altitude, the availability of electric grid and easy road access, are all factors that must be analyzed with attention and wisdom.

 

Here is where the knowledge and support of our group of local small farmers with decades of experience with local production of vegetables, fruit, grains and farm animals, is making the difference between a project with some possibilities of success and one with a full success granted.

 

 

Depending by the main production or agricultural practice that will be the core of a Micro Farm, the choice of the size of the land, the distribution of it, the kind of soil and  the amount of water, the presence of existent trees coverage, the orientation and altitude, the availability of electric grid and easy road access, are all factors that must be analyzed with attention and wisdom.

 

Here is where the knowledge and support of our group of local small farmers with decades of experience with local production of vegetables, fruit, grains and farm animals, is making the difference between a project with some possibilities of success and one with a full success granted.

 

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There are hillside properties that had been dedicated to cattle breeding until few years ago, and now the abandoned pasture lands are covered by a fast re-growing vegetation dominated by small bush and few pioneer tree variety, that would be great for to start some kind of plantation of fruit trees that need some little-medium shadowing for the first step of their life, or just cleared and utilizing the existent vegetation as a base for the humus needed for some vegetable cultivation.

There are lowland properties with a soil deposited there by centuries of river flooding that has an high percentage of sand and organic debris, that is more apt for the production of  several kind of potatoes and Yucca ( Manioca ) that, often, reach record sizes.

 

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Forest lands too, offer interesting opportunities for to start some very specific cultivation of plants that need medium or deep shadow, as some variety of semi-wild coffee, forest fruits, Cocoa, medicinal plants, etc. etc.

 

Cocoa Trees need the shadow of dense and semi-dense forest for to grow and produce their fruits, a great cultivation for an Eco Forest Micro Farm

Cocoa Trees need the shadow of dense and semi-dense forest for to grow and produce their fruits, a great cultivation for an Eco Forest Micro Farm

 

So, the choice of the land that will be a new Micro Farm, is depending by a lot of different factors that, often, are difficult to be analyzed by a person that doesn’t has too much experience with farming, but the good new is that, here, in the Osa Peninsula, there is for sure that land that is perfect, or the closest is possible, for any Micro Eco Farm Project, and our group of experienced small farmers, Bio and Eco specialists, Architects and home builders and  Realtors with 20 years of life in this area, are available for to make real the dream of owning and running with success an  Eco Micro Farm with the goal of obtaining a full food self-sufficiency and, possibly, be able to sell the surplus on the local market.

 

No budget is too small, just contact us and tell us what is your dream, and we will find a solution for to make it real.

Call us at : ++ 506 2 735 56 26 or email us at : info@theosapeninsulaproperties.com

 

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