06. TRANSFORMING DEGRADED LAND INTO PRODUCTIVE AND EDUCATIONAL FARMS
First Phase Needs
Type of Project
WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT DO?
It demonstrates the complete transformation of a degraded land into a productive holistic farm, following a regenerative-productive design that includes the carbon cycle, and biodiversity restoration. It is also a school of regenerative techniques, trades, and theories, as well as a containment of planetary collapse. It produces energy, water, clean air, plant food, and animal products for self-consumption and commercialization. This project relies - in part - on a global-local network of volunteers and students.
HOW IS IT GOVERNED?
It is governed through an agreement between landowners and the University for International Cooperation (UCI), forming a governance committee that makes decisions taking into account the vocations, climatic conditions, generative design, and educational and academic value of each farm involved.
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
It is a cluster of regenerative farms integrated
as laboratories of life, biodiversity, regenerative production, eld-schools, and tourist destinations in Guanacaste and other bio-regions. It is also a private alliance between landowners, the University for International Cooperation (UCI), farmers, educational institutions, and the tourism sector.
HOW IS IT VALIDATED?
By counting the number of farms incorporated, productivity (turnover versus costs and investment), student and tourist visitation, people trained, quality of soil, water, safety of food produced from plant and animal origin, total harvest (tons), community links, scienti c publications, and outreach.
Contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals
"The future can't be predicted but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being. Systems can't be controlled, but they can be designed and redesigned."
- Donella Meadows