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Hi all. New here 👋🏽. We are embarking on a project with our neighbors whereby they will supply the land, we supply capital.

We will need some help from a couple of amazing people who have *experience* with regen ag, permaculture principals, growing food, selling food at market and helping with projects on the property. The ideal person speaks efficiently in English and Spanish.

We would exchange accommodations and food and possibly profits from profit centers that are developed for this "workaway" experience. Could be 6 months or a year.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find amazing humans for something like this?
 
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What area in CR? How much land? What crops are you interested in?
 
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Caribe Kevin Cook wrote:What area in CR? How much land? What crops are you interested in?



Thanks for the note. I should have clarified that it's a microfarm. 4000m2 (1 acre)

We are in La Isabel, Turrialba, Cartago where the weather is temperate 50/55-80/85 daily temp range.  
1100 m altitude. Great rainfall. Water on property

There are already several types of Citrus +
Yucca
Plantains
Papaya
Tiquisque

Ideally we want to cultivate shirt term: mushrooms, greens, herbs, salad vegetables, moras.  

Long term, cacao and other fruit.
 
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In my experience, unless you have many Gringo Expats in your area you will have a problem with seeing any profits, the mushrooms may be the exception as not many growing them. Few yrs ago could have done OK with greens but are much more common these days, lots of locals growing them. You will need expats to have any chance selling premium crops.

With any "common" (those you currently have growing) crops you will never be able to compete with the locals who have no (or little) overhead (family lands, family labor).

Never been in your area of CR so by no means an expert, have spent 15yrs
growing in Nicaragua and many trips to CR over the yrs to visit friends there with farms.

Profits aside, with an acre in that kind of climate you can produce an amazing array and amount of food and live a great life.
 
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The food would mostly be for the family and community, maybe to try and sell a few premium things to expats there is another successful delivery business in this space.  More for education and building it into a space for retreats !
 
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I built good sized gardens (approx 1/2 acre) for a friend in Nicaragua about the same altitude and climate as your place, good rainfall & plenty of water, it was great, easiest place I have ever grown. A few yrs of building the soil and it will be amazing. Could grow anything but is so remote that is no viable market, the locals in that area live on rice, beans, & corn, no money for luxuries like lettuce or tomatoes. Needless to say his workers, friends, and animals eat extremely well

My place is on the Caribbean Coast and the growing there is more challenging, the weather is extreme, up to 200 inches of rain a yr. Huge variety of tree crops offsets the smaller vegetable production.
 
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Hi. Do you speak spanish? I am from Turrialba, i live in a neighborhood next to La Isabel called Nuevos Horizontes and i am agronomist and permaculture designer. Maybe i can help you, right now i am not in Turrialba, i am in Guápiles, but i can move there of course.
 
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