Geoff McCabe

Test of our Homemade Soil

Test of our Homemade Soil

We found that much of the farm has very little topsoil, and what’s there has its nutrition easily depleted. Drainage and easy root penetration are also probably problems. So, we have been making our own soil from scratch using readily available organic materials such as grass and manure. A potting soil salesman brought over his […]

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Egyptian Spinach

Egyptian Spinach

This spinach is one of the easiest to grow, and we have so far found that no bugs seem to touch it. Apparently this plant is the primary green leaf food in Egypt, and is used in many recipes. It has very unique leaves, with each having long “antennae” at the base. Harvesting enough quantity […]

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Malabar Spinach – A Vine You Can Eat

Malabar Spinach – A Vine You Can Eat

Malabar Spinach grows easily in the tropics of Costa Rica even though its native to Asia. The texture of the leaves is a but mushy, so it should be used in cooking with that in mind. We will be working on some recipes that consider this well. We are using Malabar spinach as a climbing […]

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Volunteer House

Volunteer House

The volunteer house has two wings, featuring: – Two sleeping lofts, and two single bed/sofas, so a total of 6 people can sleep here. – Two toilets – Two showers – Each wing has its own kitchen, so meals can be prepared in one, while volunteers work in the other kitchen on projects such as […]

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Amazing Fast-Growing Costa Rica Spinach

Amazing Fast-Growing Costa Rica Spinach

All of these (bags in the foreground and background) were grown from a few leafless spinach stem scraps, about 3mm wide and 4cm long, leftover from a meal with my friends Jeremy and Andrea, the owners of La Escuela del Sol in Montezuma. I first started the four small stems in four bags, which grew […]

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Living Structures Project

Living Structures Project

Ever since I moved to Costa Rica and learned that with many tree species, you can cut off a branch, stick it in the ground, and it will grow into a new tree, I had the idea to try this here with some of the popular local trees, such as Melina or Madera Negro, both […]

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The Costa Rica Adobe Project

Currently we’re focused on organic farming and permaculture, but we are planning for three sustainable construction projects in the future once we have enough volunteers: Adobe Technology Re-Invention For hundreds of years, people built in Costa Rica using adobe. There are still old churches made with this material around the country, but this great eco-friendly […]

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Zucchinis galore!

Zucchinis galore!

Our first harvest from our new zucchini seeds, showing a great variety in these heirloom species. We also learned from chef Giuseppe Morisco that we can eat the flowers.

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Living Shade Garden Unit

Living Shade Garden Unit

    When I discovered that “grillos” (grasshoppers) were killing our baby tomatoe seedlings, I needed to think up a solution fast, so we built this “living shade structure” in one day. The result was this structure, which uses the following materials: 8 sheets of corrogated tin (3.6m) 9 madera negro living fenceposts (3 meters) […]

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The “Cadillac of Chicken Coops”

The “Cadillac of Chicken Coops”

We have 87 chickens as I write this, in four different age categories, since they were purchased at various times. They are all females. Contrary to popular rumor, a rooster isn’t necessary for the eggs. We don’t want a male because they’re so noisy. They just don’t crow in the early morning. They crow all […]

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