How Did Finca Luna Nueva Lodge In Costa Rica’s Rainforest Get It’s Start? The Brattleboro, Vt. based Health supplement company “New Chapter” founders, Paul and Barbi Schulick made it their commitment to sustainable sourcing for their products. They traveled to Costa Rica in 1994 where they met Steven Farrell, an organic farmer. Their lives and the life of their company, New Chapter, would be forever changed.
Schulick needed organic ginger, essential ingredient in some of his Health supplements. Schulick established Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon Farm) in Costa Rica’s rainforest. He partnered with Farrell to grow organic ginger and also organic turmeric.
In the years to come Steve Farrell and New Chapter’s CEO Tom Newmark transformed Finca Luna Nueva into a educational resource center. Tourist come to learn about sustainable agricultural practices.
I was fortunate to recently spend 3 days with Steven Farrell as my guide at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge. He taught us about the organic medicine plants growing there and how they are preserving the seeds from these plants. So future generations will have these valuable seeds (Sacred Seed Banks) Finca Luna Nueva is promoting these seed banks all over the world.
A two hour tour of the organic farm and farming methods is offered twice daily and is included in the price of your accommodation.
Sadly many valuable seeds are now being modified (GMO) so their seeds will not grow new plants.
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge’s 200 acres is also sanctuary to many tropical birds and animal species. We saw 5 colorful toucans in the early morning from the farm’s look out tower. And a flock of around fifty green parrots.
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge has a cluster of cabins where tourist can stay and learn about these organic farming methods. Included in the educational experience is growing organic chocolate and a class on how to process it. I attended this class and was amazed at all the important steps in making chocolate. Finca Luna Nueva also sponsors yoga retreats and also student groups interested in learning about these organic farming methods.
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