Life is delightful and rustic on the finca. After feeding the animals we often begin our day with a QiGong routine and of course delicious Costa Rican coffee. The homestead life is based in an old Tico home with three bedrooms, a large covered patio and a kitchen. This Summer we plan to collect many glass bottles and hope to begin construction of a recycled bottle home. We cook on a propane stove and the fire, and we keep our food cool with ice filled coolers.
The farm provides much of our dietary needs, with more being harvested and added almost daily. We often enjoy a “refresco natural” of farm harvested fruit mixed in water in the middle of the day. We do not have any electrical wires from “the grid” coming to the farm. We do have a small solar system and a cook stove that generates some electricity, and we are hoping to install a hydroelectric system soon. We are deeply grateful to our local neighbors and workers for helping to provide ice and for charging cell phones and electrical equipment.
The farm has abundant spring water, two showers, and two toilets. One is a composting toilet and the other is a standard flush toilet whose septic system meets US EPA standards.
We have a large greenhouse, a duck yard with a small pond, a chicken house & yard and a corral/work area. We also have dogs and cats who enjoy free roam of the forest, orchards and work areas on the farm. We would like to add a tilapia pond, hydroelectric system and goats this Summer. We are also working on a composting system that will heat water and an animal waste methane capture system for cooking use.