NEWS & UPDATES
We have a hybrid mix of tomatoes that are cross pollinated yellow pear and small Roma, the flavor is amazing like a fruity Roma. Hacienda Okhra now grows a variety of 6 different heirloom tomato strains.
The new grow area is finished and we are two weeks into our first production on different green mixes. We are hoping to triple our production in the same size area as the green room.
Hacienda Okhra Farm uses a hydroponic water conservation system to minimize the use amount of excess water.
COSTA RICAN PEOPLE
Most impressive, is the beauty of the people who live here. Resourceful people, who understand the value of living with the land day to day. Costa Ricans are self-sufficient experts in farming and fishing. Thesense of heritage in this part of the world is deep.
This is one of the only countries in the region that prides itself on not having an official military. Their military was officially abolished in 1948, where the money was used to improve the quality of life to the rest of the population. This is one of the underlying factors that contribute to the level of happiness that many Costa Ricans find themselves privy to. Costa Ricans are well regarded as extremely hospitable and friendly to travelers visiting the country.
The Nicoya Peninsula is considered one of the Blue Zones in the world, where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100 years.
The most commonly used phrase in Costa Rica is Pura Vida. Everything in Costa Rica is Pura Vida! The simple translation is Pura Life; but the saying has a far more profound meaning to people of Costa Rica, and the travelers who fall in love with this majestic country.
Pura vida! Means that no matter what your current situation is, life for someone else can always be less fortunate than your own. So you need to consider that maybe…just maybe, your situation isn’t all that bad and that no matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here together and life is short…so start living it “pura vida style”.
According to National Geographic and their Lessons for Living Longer Lives by Dan Buettner and team”
For the past eight years Dan Buettner, the Blue Zones team of scientists, and National Geographic researchers have explored five places around the world where people live measurably longer lives: the interior of Sardinia, a remote peninsula in Costa Rica, a Greek island, a Japanese archipelago, and a community in southern California.
The secret to longevity has less to do with diet—or even exercise—and more to do with the social and physical environment in which people live. Buettner identified nine powerful yet simple lessons that debunk the most common myths and offer a science-backed blueprint that could give the average American another 12 quality years of life.
The Nicoya Peninsula is separated from the mainland of Costa Rica by the Gulf of Nicoya and the Tempisque estuary. From its northern base in the arid Guanacaste lowlands the peninsula extends 140 km to the south where the landscape progressively becomes more moist and hilly.
Tourism and expat living is concentrated along the coast while the interior is very sparsely populated. Cattle raising shapes much of the landscape with backdrops of the steep-sided and heavily forested inner mountain range. The countryside of the Peninsula de Nicoya goes overlooked by most travelers but those who stray from the beaten paths will find great options for eco-tourism.
The most noted feature of the Peninsula de Nicoya are the beaches. Within the vast expanse of coastline are innumerable magnificent beaches with dramatic coastal scenery, and small villages each with its own distinct charm.
Water sports such as surfing, fishing, snorkeling and diving define much of the character of the villages. Most areas have been discovered by surfers as the pacific side of Costa Rica presents one of the best stretches of surfing coastline in the world.