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Hydroponic is the perfect complement to MicroFarming

Hydroponic is the perfect complement to MicroFarming

Even if we, in the Osa Peninsula, have conditions so favourable for traditional and Organic production of vegetables and fruits, it is a good idea to integrate these system with an Hydroponic or, even better, an Acquaponic  system, for to produce that specific vegetable that could have problems with the natural conditions and need a special environment in term of PH and Nutrients that only Hydroponic can obtain.

A study Starting Hydroponic System in the Osa Peninsula, for vegetables compatibilty to the local environment and climate

Basil and Green Beans are growing fast in a study Starting Hydroponic System in the Osa Peninsula, for vegetables compatibility to the local environment and climate

 

 

At the level of the sea, the temperature is a quite hot, for some variety of vegetables, but we need to experiment on them for to see which one is the most adaptive to these conditions, and exclude the ones that definitely can’t develop in a good way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydroponic Lettuce in an experimental Hydroponic System in the Osa Peninsula

Hydroponic Lettuce in an experimental Hydroponic System in the Osa Peninsula

 

 

In the last months we started this experimental small project of Hidroponic, using the NFT technique, for to learn about the details of this vegetable production way, and define which product are the more compatibles with this environment.

for example we found that the variety of lettuce we choose for to start the proves, is not working finer, due to the high temperature, that push it to try to produce seeds too soon, obligating the plants to grow more vertical instead to create a big head, but the new batch of a different variety, will be fine.

 

 

 

 

Basil Plants are growing fast in a Experimental Hydroponic System in the Osa Peninsula

Basil Plants are growing fast in a Experimental Hydroponic System in the Osa Peninsula

 

 

 

So, now we are refining the technique and the results are really interesting, demonstrating that thnis technique is available for everyone, and that can produce great vegetables in this environment.

 

Our experience will be at disposition of everybody wil be interested in starting an Hydroponic project in ine of the lands apt for to create a Micro Farm for personal food production and, why not, for market too.

 

 

Be free to ask for any information about this specific Micro Farm area and the land we have available fro to start your Food Production Farm in the Paradise of the Osa Peninsula.

 

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.

The Perfect Escape from The Perfect Storm

In the Past years the idea that “…big is Beautiful and Good…” was the dominant concept about almost every field of our lives, including Osa Peninsula Real Estate, and everybody was looking for huge properties, with exotic features, often with no relation at all with the kind of use it was supposed to have.

After the 2008 Wall Street crash, the world is no more the same.

So now nine over ten inquiries we receive at The Osa Peninsula Properties,  are about small pieces of land with basic features as road access, electric grid, title, possibility of build a simple house and , if possible, some fruit tree already producing.

Fruits of Mamon Chino o Rambutan ( Nephelium lappaceum L. ) in a Micro Eco Organic Farm in the Osa Peninsula

Fruits of Mamon Chino o Rambutan ( Nephelium lappaceum L. ) in a Micro Eco Organic Farm in the Osa Peninsula

 

Oceanfront Properties are now at the end of the list of inquiries, while Ocean View or Forest View Properties, are still considered an interesting feature, but only if they offer  good land for to plant fruit trees, vegetable, grains for the chickens  and there is some good source of freshwater inside the property

What does this means?  It means that a lot of people tired of fighting against a bad economy, rising social and interpersonal problems, more inquisitive rules that reduce everybody freedom, are thinking to  a possible escape to all this jazz and are looking for a small piece of paradise where to live and produce all, or the most of what is necessary for a simple, healthy, rural lifestyle , before that the Perfect Storm will erase everything.

The good new is that, due to the same world recession, the prices of small lands and medium farms have decreased sensibly.

In this moment, for example, we area able to offer a piece of fertile land of 2.3 hectares ( almost 6 acres), on the hills close to Puerto Jimenez, with good water, a creek running on the lower border of the property, a small but sturdy house, gentle breeze for a relaxing sleeping, great forest view, a good road that need 4WD only during the Rainy Season and more available land on one border, for the really bargain price of 50.000 USD

 

6 acres of fertile land good for a Small-Eco-Organic Farm with a simple house in  the Osa Peninsula

6 acres of fertile land good for a Small-Eco-Organic Farm with a simple house in the Osa Peninsula

This Property, located at less than 20 minutes from Puerto Jimenez Downtown, offers the opportunity to start immediately a project of Micro Farming with the possibility of live in the same property from the very first day, using the existing small, but sturdy house, all built with tropical hardwood collected in the same property by the former owner.

The land around the House had been used for to produce fruits and vegetables in the past ten years, and it is ready for to receive new seeds and give food enough for to easily sustain a family and chickens, some pig, rabbits, goats, etc.

 

So, if you have a budget inside the 100.000 USD for to buy a piece of land for to start your Micro Eco Farm, considering, maybe a 50.000 for the land and another 50.000 for the House building, here we are offering you an unique opportunity for to  save 50.000 USD for a fresh start, and use the saved money for to improve the existent house or the farm set-up.

Call us at our office phone : ++ 506 2735 56 26

or email us at  : info@theosapeninsulaproperties.com

You will never find a better opportunity for a Perfect Escape to the Perfect Storm that is already over us.