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  1. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/cuban-migrants-stuck-costa-rica-allowed-passage-151229044133850.html Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica allowed US passage Central American countries reach breakthrough to allow thousands of migrants to continue their journey to the US. 29 Dec 2015 08:07
  2. Thanks costaricafinca for those links. I've met Trevor. I was informed of his past failure. We met and discussed MGO construction and mini houses. He is still building houses in Costa Rica. His work can be verified.
  3. Its all about doing your homework. Take your time. Study the following link. http://casasenescazu.com/
  4. Until you find your Isaac, https://translate.google.com/?hl=en
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TqhMRk9x0E Increase cacao production Part #1 of 4 in Jamaica. Listen on how the Gov. helps in part #4. Supplying rat poison is among the help given to farmers. A good trick, Stake seedings to encourage the trees to grow straight. Use plastic with stakes to shelter plant from strong wind, to shelter seedlings from too much sun and to protect from predators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02lwSUjz9EU Grafts, Rooted Cuttings and Air Layering of Cacao Testimonials from Costa Rican farmers. ===
  6. Bringing up the problems of predators of the cacao, had me searching the web for info. The problem is not that bad. http://ejtafs.mardi.gov.my/jtafs/24-1/Cocoa%20pod.pdf Cocoa pod depredation potential and pest status of some mammals http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/research/cacao/padi.cfm http://www.bamco.com/blog/cordillera2/ http://aeon.co/magazine/science/what-can-ants-teach-us-about-agriculture/ Could Costa Rica have have a cacao tree hiding in your backyard that could produce 20 times as many cacao as an ordinary tree? Look. You might have it. If not, Maybe you could grow one of those trees. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/29/336142998/could-specialty-cocoa-be-haitis-golden-ticket-to-prosperity ===
  7. jal

    Bad behaviour

    I found that there are drivers in Liberia who will stop; let the traffic back up and make signs that I should cross the street. I don't know if it had to do with respect for my white hair or my white skin.
  8. Those interested in cacao can read the following paper http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs307 Cocoa (Chocolate Bean) Growing in the Florida Home Landscape However, cocoa plants with their beautiful foliage and striking pods (fruit), can be grown in well protected areas, and they make unique, interesting, challenging, and fun additions to the home landscape. Cocoa is a shade plant and grows best with about 25% shade. It may be planted under the canopies of tall overhanging trees or next to buildings or structures. However, cocoa planted in deep shade tends to be spindly and non-productive. Cocoa does not tolerate windy conditions and should be planted in only wind-protected areas. Depending upon plant vigor, climate, cultural practices, and variety, up to 50 pods per plant may be produced per year. The time from flowering (fertilization) to fruit maturity ranges from 5 to 6 months, depending upon temperatures.
  9. @ costaricafinca As I suspected, your experience with ICE does mean that they are not prepared to grow cacao clones from CATIE supplies. ( CATIE-R1, CATIE-R4, CATIE-R6, CC-137, ICS-95 T1 and PMCT-58) @ epicatt2 I have read something more relevant to Costa Rica. http://worldcocoafoundation.org/wp-content/files_mf/dahlquist2007.pdf Incorporating livelihoods in biodiversity conservation: a case study of cacao agroforestry systems in Talamanca, Costa Rica I'm exploring an other possibility which could complement an agroforestry system Would the expats with land be interested in growing a few cacao trees? What are the challenges that would need to be overcome?
  10. I had a wonderful month in Costa Rica. I found some reasons to return. It involves cacao. I found cacao trees in unexpected places. Would you want to have a cacao plantation? If you have a 12 x 12 yard you could give permission to your strata manager, your property manager and your gardener to plant and take care of a cacao tree for you. ( a small cacao plantation ) There are six varieties of cacao trees that could be used. http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/01/27/costa-ricas-chocolate-comeback CATIE crossbred selected strains for optimal disease resistance. With disease-proof cacao in hand, CATIE began breeding other desirable traits into clones, like high yield rates and fine flavor. For small farms, the clones are available for free. If Costa Rican farmers start using these, they won’t regret it. Catalogue of cacao clones selected by CATIE for commercial plantings CATIE-R1, CATIE-R4, CATIE-R6, CC-137, ICS-95 T1 and PMCT-58. There are 4 nurseries operated by ICE, and they will give you the trees for free. Humm, I think they would need motivation to start growing cacao for you. http://10degreesabove.com/free-trees-ices-vivero-program/ The vivero’s are in the following locations: Cachi in Cartago Freehold in Siquirres, Limon – FB & 2765 82 68 La Garita in Alajuela Tronadora in Guanacaste They have the necessary infrastructures to grow the cacao clones. I found a listing of trees available in Tronadora. ( no cacao trees) http://www.scribd.com/doc/58463070/lista-especies-junio-2011# LISTA DE ESPECIES VIVERO FORESTAL TRONADORA ICE Normally, here what the start up of a cacao plantation would involve. http://www.icco.org/faq/57-cocoa-production/125-how-much-time-and-money-would-have-to-be-invested-to-get-a-cocoa-farm-operational-and-what-are-the-on-going-production-costs.html Setting up a cocoa farm Starting a cocoa farm involves: Obtaining the land for cocoa cultivation - this is a cost that will vary widely around the world and within a country. The land must be chosen so as to provide the best soil and climate for the cocoa trees. Establishing the plantation - the costs involved here include clearing the land, planting shade and cocoa trees, pruning, weeding, fertiliser and pesticide applications and constructing the required infrastructure such as roads, irrigation ditches, nursery and processing facilities. Maintaining the plantation - these costs involve pruning, weeding, fertiliser and pesticide applications, harvesting and post harvest processing. The largest cost element in both establishing and maintaining a plantation is the labour. Farm sizes vary and therefore labour costs vary, with many smallholders working the land themselves rather than hiring labourers. So the costs for a large estate will be higher than for a smallholder. A review of the case studies on labour usage for the maintenance of cocoa suggested that the mean labour usage, assuming a labourer works 230 days per year, in plantation conditions is 3.37 hectares per man per year. Traceability (example) https://www.geotraceability.com/Geotraceability/en/data-collection-modules.php#initialdatacollection INITIAL DATA COLLECTION MODULE This module includes tools to carry out field mapping and to collect field data like farm characteristics, farming practices and plant diseases. Socio-economic information on the producer and their family members could also be recorded. Field mapping is done with GPS that captures geo referenced coordinates of farm and land use borders. Elevation is also recorded. The TMS software includes GIS technology to process the data collected (Geographical Information System). TMS generates digital maps with the possibility to overlay different layers of information. Initial data collection constitutes a baseline from a monitoring and evaluation perspective. Data collected during the data updates can be compared to this baseline to show changes and progress made by producers. Data recorded during the initial collection round could be updated on a yearly basis or at whatever frequency to show changes and progress. Data is collected during regular producer/ fields visits. Data will be added to producers’ profile, field sheet or infrastructure records. This module is very useful to monitor, among other things, pests and diseases attacking plants. You can help. Your contribution would be a positive influence on your lifestyle and the economy of Costa Rica. Your gardener could be delivering the pod to a collection center for processing. The fair price for cacao dried beans at 7% humidity is $0.80/pound. How many cacao trees would you be able to grow on your land for your mini-plantation? Send me a private message. I would like to get an idea of how many people would be interested in helping to revive the Costa Rican cacao industry.
  11. Time flies. This is my last week here. Today, the bus driver told someone to give up their seat to an old lady. Someone did and the bus left the stop. There were a lot of people on the bus. Why! I had an old tica lady sit beside me and she found out what it was like being so close to a old gringo. From her smile, I gathered that she was not put off. I do think that everyone knew each other because they would give their parcels to someone to put into their lap as they maneuver into their own seat. If the lady had a child in her lap then the parcels would be retrieved at their disembarkation point.
  12. jal

    House/Building inspector

    Talk to Trevor Chilton and decide. http://casasenescazu.com/
  13. I have only seen one set/installation of wind mills that does not appear to be running all the time. Today, Sat., was the second day in this month, that it was sunny all day. I mean, no clouds to hit you in the face and drenched you. I would estimate that Tilaran gets 50 per cent of the wetness that San Luis gets. We spent the day in Tilaran. On the week end there is reduced bus service. The posted bus schedules are not kept up to date. Checking with the regular bus users is the most accurate info. The bus driver known everyone on his route and knows where to stop to let them off. He even waits for someone that is late and still running to catch the bus. It's so human and unusual. I hope that my comments and impressions are useful to others trying to decide if CR is for them.
  14. I have learned a few more things about CR. Living in a cloud is wet, damp and cold. Fog is not like a cloud. Cloud are always moving, meaning its windy. Since the beginning of jan., everywhere that I have been, coco beach, Tilaran, to Quesada, it has been windy. Is that normal for CR? The strap of my pack exposed the skin on my shoulder and I got a sunburn on my shoulder. (An afternoon) The light switches are 12 in. lower than where I come from. I feel sorry for everyone trying to make a living from the mountainous terrain that I have seen. Could ants carry off the house while I was asleep?

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