17 Sep '11, 2pm

Rancho Margot: Restoring Paradise in Costa Rica | Care2 Healthy Living

Rancho Margot: Restoring Paradise in Costa Rica | Care2 Healthy Living

Ten acres are set aside to grow crops for the kitchen, which serves about 200 meals a day to guests, volunteers and workers. An herb garden includes aloe vera, bergamot, mint, cardamom, ginger and many others. Vetiver, with deep roots that prevent erosion, is sprinkled throughout. Juan grows guavas, papayas and avocadoes as well as coffee and pineapple–two crops that the locals said wouldn’t grow–especially without chemicals–in Rancho Margot’s ashy soil. It took three years to harvest the first pineapple, but today the farm has 4,000 pineapple and 30 coffee plants. Rancho Margot’s workers plant aromatic herbs such as basil and lemongrass among the vegetable beds to attract insects away from the other plants, and crops are rotated regularly so the soil can retain proteins and minerals and a healthy chemistry.

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