At the Green Wave house it’s been hot. Earth scorching hot. Adriana (our permaculture consultant) says the temperatures are higher this year for this time and the land shows it. It was a major achievement to get all the plants on drip before the summer but some of them are still struggling. Our garden beds look far from lush. We can’t baby these plants if they are to survive here so it has us thinking about what we want to bother growing in our beds during summers and if we should switch next summer to all perennials.
Picture is a shot of the dried Earth around the site for the future Goddess temple).
The elements are tough here. It takes a toll on everything. Signs are dissolving. It’s a little sad as we spent so much time making them two years ago. They are rotting from the bottom or paint is peeling from the top. We are being humbled. Our deck is only 2 and half years old and already it is buckling. The company is scheduled to come out and replace it. (Don’t worry we will be keeping some of the wood for another building project). But this has us thinking as well. Yes the deck had a 20 year warranty, but I’m thinking the company will only fulfill their warranty once. We are not in the States anymore.
(Here’s a picture of a dissolving mat and our buckling deck. Also being worn down by the elements. But in permaculture we look at problems as challenges to find solutions for. I am taking the little pieces of the mat and adding them to an ecobrick. We will find a good use for the wood that gets pulled up.)
Adriana has noticed in some of our gardens that despite efforts to repair the soil (by adding rice husks, different compost concoctions, etc., ) that it is still very much clay. Tomatoes simply won’t grow. We’ve tried in the beds and in containers. That’s okay, we were warned. We will continue our efforts and make a better attempt at tracking what we are doing on the Green Wave House facebook page.
So it’s been tough but there has also been a lot of great things happening. So many that we feel a bit behind in the report making.
First of all, we have a new and expanded plant nursery thanks to Ken and our land manager, Delvin.
(New nursery. Now we just need more tables!)
In the food forest, we have our first jackfruit and mango growing! Limes are starting to come in and cashew season is in full swing. We have starfruit and bananas of all types. We have lots of mulberries growing, and a few Brazilian cherries. Although we have a lot of Chaya (a spinach alternative), I am hesitant to eat too much of it now. It is indigenous and so very hardy but it too takes a toll in the summer. Mostly I don’t want to dip into our reserve of the Chaya because I have a plan for May. As soon as the first rains come, I want to take pieces off of the several plants we have to propagate them into new areas because I love eating Chaya so much. It grows like a succulent in that you can simply take a piece, drop it on the ground, and it will root and grow. Aside from planning for Chaya, I have a plan for flowers in the yoni garden, the Goddess temple, and more medicinal plants to a create a product to sell to our community.
(Ripe mulberries from the food forest)
(Medicinal plant we have an abundance of and will be giving away to Green Wave house visitors.)
Recently I hosted a fairy day at The Green Wave House with the children of some of our friends. We made fairy houses out of old juice jugs. One of the mothers was so inspired, she is wanting to co-host and help organize a similar but larger event at the Green Wave House with kids from some of the local schools.
In other news, our projects are doing great and all of the are increasingly working together.
Adriana, who acts as the permaculture consultant for the Green Wave House is also the permaculture consultant for Future Verde, the school. Since last year, we have helped the school put in a banana circle to help with a grey water issue, built a chicken coop and chicken food forest, started a food forest for the students, expanded their plant nursery and make new planting beds. ]Thanks to a generous donation from the Hatfileld family, Adriana will be helping the school through 2019 and hopefully 2020.
Patricia, who represents the Karen Mogensen Reserve (a project we assist with), recently did a sound healing at the school and will be giving a talk soon to students about trees.
The wildlife rescue center we help with is doing amazing. We have new structures to house the ever increasing amount of long term volunteers and vet interns. The community support has been amazing, especially for the Scarlet Macaw reintroduction project. Our last fundraiser raised $1500. (We are doing better with establishing safety protocol at events, which is an important integration coming from my involvement with safety standards creation for live events). Our next event, Tapas for Lapas (meaning appetizers for birds) will be at a local brewery called La Selva. La Selva has made a special beer called “La Poquita” (with a beautiful sticker) and it will be sold at Automercado (a nice grocery store chain in Costa Rica) and Walmarts.
In addition to the Macaw project, we have had other successful fundraisers on online platforms. Recently some volunteers used the Chuffed.org platform to raise money for an incubator. They also raised money to fund “monkey bridges”, although the local electric company has now agreed to pay for these (as possibly required by law). Jeremy, the director of the center, recently went to L.A. to visit vet programs to expand our vet intern program. Alex, a Green Wave board member, recently paid a visit and brought the baby animals special stuffed animals that have a heartbeat that have proven to reduce stress for young puppies who are recently adopted. We now have three volunteers at the center that are really excited about ecobricking. We also have Jeremy in communication with Futuro Verde about a cross educational campaign called “Feed the Animals Right”.
(Post Envision photo at the amazing “Green Room Cafe” in Jaco, featuring Jeremy the director of Wild Sun, myself, Tara who co-runs the beach cleanup organization Una Limpia Playa Hermosa, and Alex, Green Wave board member and major donor to Wild Sun.)
(The other Jeremy, Tara’s son, and Ken both wearing their Scarlet Macaw reintroduction shirts after the last Wild Sun fundraiser event).
(After 2 years we finally got the first birds that will be set for release this coming July!)
We started our “Green Drinks” events. The first event in December went well. We had another event before Envision festival at our local organic farmers market. Although the idea behind hosting the second event in conjunction with the market was good, we quickly realized it is not quite what we are going for. Although no date has been set, we have a new location we will be trying for our third event. It is a vegetarian restaurant and art gallery that has some of the best cocktails in town. Casual and yet swanky. We think marketing the next event will be good at the farmers market but that the actual event should always be separate. What was good about the last Green Drinks is that the town matriarch, Honey (who runs the market), shared an idea she has for spontaneous theater…. So we look forward to helping her realize her dream. We are having talks as well to possible hold our event on occasion on the Montezuma side since people tend to like to stay on the side of the peninsula they live on. Pictures can be found on the Green Wave facebook page which we are (slowly) transforming into a local resource for all things “green” within our community.
Signing off on this report with a fabulous banana bread recipe that Ken found and has demonstrated is amazing and a picture of the most beautiful beetle I’ve yet to see here and have not yet seen again.
Janine Jordan: Nicoya Bloom