We are raising a goal of $12,000 to install a water pump and irrigation system, including two water towers with water tanks (one for our teaching facility and one for agriculture irrigation), a water pump, pump house, and hosing to bring water from the on-site spring up to our permaculture farmland and facilities.
Cocoterra Rainforest Permaculture is a farmland restoration project and permaculture education center in the heart of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Cocoterra provides immersive, hands-on educational opportunities for community members, visitors, and volunteers to learn about permaculture, regenerative design models, rainforest and biodiversity conservation, sustainable food production, food security, ethnobotany and herbalism, all while transforming pasture land into an abundant source of food, medicinal plants, and wildlife habitat. At this critical point in time when the precious rainforests of the Osa Peninsula are threatened by an influx of humans, this project unites people from many walks of life under the common goal of protecting the life that sustains us all.
Cocoterra is a community effort featuring ancient and novel permaculture practices for optimal soil, plant, and ecosystem quality, spearheaded by conservationist, ethnobotanist and author Jonathon Miller-Weisberger. Soil health efforts include biochar (Terra Preta), swales, and annual soil sampling to track changes in soil composition and quality. Compost practices include basic compost and bokashi. Key crops at Cocoterra include coconut, banana, yucca, heirloom corn varieties, sugarcane, turmeric, tropical fruits, among others. Diversity is the key to fertility and sustainability.
Learn more about the story behind Cocoterra Rainforest Permaculture and the steps ahead.
Learn about other Rainforest and Wildlife Conservation efforts by our nonprofit organization, The Living Bridges Foundation.
Any additional funds will go towards the construction of the Cocoterra Education Center and Volunteer Quarters, a simple, two-story structure built entirely of local fallen and foraged hardwoods with a classic tropical thatched roof. The structure is positioned on the property to overlook the acres of primary tropical rainforest and Pacific Ocean. The lower level will include a kitchen, dining area, and educational space. The upper level will have an open floor plan where volunteers can hang hammocks or lay out sleeping pads, with potential for future construction of walls or screens to create separate quarters. Near the building, there will be a composting toilet and outdoor shower, also constructed of local fallen and foraged hardwoods.
Thank you for supporting biodiversity, ecosystem health, and thriving communities by giving to Cocoterra Rainforest Permaculture!