Finca Biodiversa Rancho Verde
In 2012, the University of Stanfor EU began an economic investigation in the southern area of Costa Rica, in Osa and Golfito, to learn about the local socioeconomic situation marked by stages of banana companies, forestry companies and others that offered work and then left and left a fragile economy in the area, this gives way to the Palmatica company for the production of vegetable oil palm and a processing plant is built in laurel of Paso Canoas, Costa Rica's southern border, expectations are growing and many people sell or rent their properties to planting palm, from the corridor of Corners to Osa, it starts to become a monoculture where people put their hope of development due to the market price, even though secondary forests were being cut, draining wetlands and diminishing natural habitats. That's when you see the need to stop and start taking into account the recommendations of some universities about finding other sustainable development alternatives, and Stanfor University starts looking for small producers to carry out an investigation with the cultivation of Palma, and takes into account the Rancho Verde de Osa business as the possibility of making a model that provides information in an area with 12mtrs2 to introduce the cultivation of grafted cocoa resistant to different diseases, banana, laurel trees for reforested wood and in another area only Palma, to do a production analysis per plot. Among the results found is the great visitation of species that contribute to human well-being in the areas with crop diversity, but not in the sector of Palma alone, which is a great education opportunity apart from selling products and offering the sustainability experience in relatively small areas. Demonstrating a new opportunity to take advantage of rural land.
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
$20 per person
$10 per child (6-12 years)
$15 per person/group (more than 6 people)
$10 per child/group
$10 for volunteers
*Tour given in Spanish. A translator can be hired at an additional cost.
For Reservations or More Information:
Jessica Roldan (506) 8667-2535
Don Enrique Ureña was the first child to arrive at Rancho Quemado, at that time his uncles were the founders of the town, he learned about agriculture and raising domestic animals since childhood, and he managed to be part of the Osa development process and his community having the experience working with the Ston forestry company and then living the hard times of unemployment, then the boom in oil palm plantations and a bit of devastation from the forests that saw it grow. He formed his family with his wife Alice Cambronero and his 4 daughters, and they maintained the hope of a better future in the community, as part of the representative leadership of Rancho Quemado and also for their tourism initiative, around 2013 they participated in the socio-economic research process Osa- Golfito (INOGO) of the University of Stanfor, and it was an enriching experience, to broaden the general vision of the development of the region and to understand that it was necessary to make decisions and make changes for the welfare of all; then the University as part of their proposals in the area of production require some land for experimental farms, and in Rancho Quemado, they contact Don Enrique to participate with one hectare of his property that was in pasture, and he accepts with the motivation to be able to be part of this great initiative, which is so important for Osa, and which was part of its rural tourism enterprise and its commitment to protect the biodiversity that surrounds them.