The new greenhouse by Casa Communal is being planted by Vivian and Sandra, with seedlings prepared by our summer interns and volunteers, and they are staring new seedlings in the plant nursery. Juan cleaned out all the area around the Casa Comunal and the greenhouse with a machete and weed-wacker (chapiadora) and this area is being planted with pineapple, yucca and assorted fruit trees. Efrain, Miguel and Esteban also finished the new back-up irrigation system so that we can have an independent water supply (which also passes through the tilapia ponds and livestock areas).
At the Pnina property along the Perla River at the entrance to La Perla (at the brdge), we are continuing the planting of Tropica La Perla, our inter-planted tropical garden of cacoa, plantain (platano), bananas, yucca, and assorted fruit trees. We also bought, and are planting 200 palm trees for heart of palm.
In the macadamia orchard, about 2 kilometers higher than the Pnina property, a new horse trail was cleared to add a new dimension to the horseback ride up the mountain to the waterfalls.. It is really cool. And, we have been busy cleaning up our organic macadamia orchard so that we can have another big harvest of fallen nuts. In addition, at the highest part of the macadamia orchard, we are cleaning around the (500+) coffee trees we already planted, and preparing land for more coffee trees.
Yes, we are moving ahead ... but not in a linear, easy path ... everything, yes EVERYTHING is a challenge on a day-to-day basis, with the norm being a daily "emergency". For example, a goat died, and one horse (Mimosa) kicked another horse (Le'Chaim) and that required attention. I could go on and on ... but just wanted to make the point that life at Finca Rio Perla is often more of a cha-cha-cha than a tango. But, for someone who loves to dance, that's the way it is ... as long as we get the "last dance" .... jajajajajaja ....
We also hosted an interesting couple from California at the Posada Rustica, and they really enjoyed their experience at Finca Rio Perla. Pura Vida. Dr. Paulo