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In the winter of 2010, nature works founder & partner, Frances Subbiondo, worked in residence at a Center for Sustainable Living & Natural Building, called Rancho Mastatal in the wet/dry highland ...

In the winter of 2010, nature works founder & partner, Frances Subbiondo, worked in residence at a Center for Sustainable Living & Natural Building, called Rancho Mastatal in the wet/dry highland jungle of Costa Rica’s San José province. After almost a decade developing a beautiful physical infrastructure, the Ranch was ready to seriously invest in its own food system. Frances stepped up & in to that challenge -- & what follows is a pictorial narrative of that work.

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  • RANCHO MASTATAL The Birth of a Food System Village of Mastatal, Costa RicaThursday, April 12, 12
  • In the winter of 2010, nature works founder & partner, Frances Subbiondo, worked in residence at a Center for Sustainable Living & Natural Building, called Rancho Mastatal in the wet/dry highland jungle of Costa Rica’s San Jose province. After almost a decade developing a beautiful physical infrastructure, the Ranch was ready to seriously invest in its own food system. Frances stepped up & in to that challenge -- & what follows is a pictorial narrative of that work.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Table of Contents: 1 Hankey House -- Entrance Garden 3 El Vivero -- (‘the Nursery’) -- ‘Frances Garden’ 4 Side Garden 2 Front Garden -- Main Garden -- Raised Beds 5 ‘Afters’ & Reprise.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Hankey House -- Entrance Garden Goals: To provide privacy, water & nutrient catchment, & an edible polyculture of vining, slope-stabilizing plants TextThursday, April 12, 12
  • (two webs in this picture)Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Hankey House -- Entrance Garden (Plant) Polyculture: Passionfruit, Chayote, Peanut Grass, Vetiver, LemongrassThursday, April 12, 12
  • Hankey House -- ‘Frances Garden’ The before. Goals: to provide more intentional spaces to grow food, fruit & medicine on Ranch land -- & another garden space to be enjoyed by Hankey residentsThursday, April 12, 12
  • Hankey House -- ‘Frances Garden’ Installation.Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • Hankey House -- ‘Frances Garden’ Catching the rain.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Hankey House -- ‘Frances Garden’ Polyculture: Breadnut Tree, Squash, Beans, Okra, Peanut Grass, Vetiver, Lemongrass, & assorted other medicines.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Main House & Front Garden The before. Goals: To plant & install a food system capable of feeding the Ranch’s fairly steady population of between 25 & 40 people, 9 months each year. To provide also for ease of maintenance & harvesting, while minimizing need to hand-water during dry season.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Front Garden Existing garden grew these well already: Basil, Culantro, & Quail GrassThursday, April 12, 12
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  • Front Garden Beginning to swale.Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • Rachel Jordan TempesttThursday, April 12, 12
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  • Front Garden All swales connect, overflowing from one to the next as each fills -- flowing eventually out the Front Garden, through the far fence, into the Side GardenThursday, April 12, 12
  • Heeling Bed -- Front Garden Existing garden plants -- transplanted during installation -- to be re-planted, when safe.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Front Garden Morning after first rain. Swales filled & charged the ground -- & pink dragonflies visited the fledgling ecosystem en masse!Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Front Garden The 1st Swale (on left) became an all-season pond, as we discovered that the water wherein did not drain.Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • (playing with swale linings, as they function doubly as paths from which to work)Thursday, April 12, 12
  • (entry path, bridged & culverted over swales)Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • Front Garden Planting begins. Mulching too. Pond fills with aquatic life.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • LilyThursday, April 12, 12
  • Front Garden (Other Side) Experimenting also with raised beds for growing -- filling them with a homemade ‘tierra fermentada’ -- or composted earth.Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • Front Garden (Other Side) second raised bed -- with first, & (covered) ‘tierra fermentada’ behind.Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • El Vivero -- The NurseryThursday, April 12, 12
  • PapayasThursday, April 12, 12
  • Avocado & Citrus & more..Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Solé Black Pepper Vanilla OrchidsThursday, April 12, 12
  • Passion -fruit!Thursday, April 12, 12
  • sprouting CoconutsThursday, April 12, 12
  • Chaya!Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Cuban OreganoThursday, April 12, 12
  • Song of IndiaThursday, April 12, 12
  • ‘Amarantha’Thursday, April 12, 12
  • MoringaThursday, April 12, 12
  • Side Garden Installation. Goals: To receive & discharge water from the Front Garden. To grow fruit & other food -- under good sun -- where before there was grass.Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Timo AlexThursday, April 12, 12
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  • PicoThursday, April 12, 12
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  • Papayas, Pineapples, Pigeon Peas, Peanut Grass, Vetiver, LemongrassThursday, April 12, 12
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  • Spillway -- Front Garden into SideThursday, April 12, 12
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  • Erosion ControlThursday, April 12, 12
  • about a month & a half later..Thursday, April 12, 12
  • The garden ecosystem grows..Thursday, April 12, 12
  • Three months on: the Ranch hosts it’s first Permaculture Design CourseThursday, April 12, 12
  • Our garden pondThursday, April 12, 12
  • Vikki Bean trellis to shield leaf crops from tropical sunThursday, April 12, 12
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  • (One more time) The BeforeThursday, April 12, 12
  • AfterThursday, April 12, 12
  • (Reprising..)Thursday, April 12, 12
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  • Alex Eternal Gratitude to a fierce Ranch crew -- y a la Madre TierraThursday, April 12, 12