Finca Santa Marta – An Organic Finca in Panama

Organic farming in Panama

Growing Good Greens April 26, 2010

Filed under: Greens — Ron Miller @ 1:30 am

12 Flats of Greens & Cabbage

This is our temporary nursery area.  There is some shade, breeze and it’s fun to watch the chickens while working.

Varieties planted:  Two varieties of pac choi (same as bok choy) – Black Summer which is a green variety and Red Choi which is a red variety;  Chinese kale which is also called Chinese broccoli; and a variety of cabbage.

We’ve also planted Toscano Kale recently directly in the greenhouse.  It is also known as “dinasour” kale.  Give it a try if you haven’t.  A nice dark green that is full of vitamins and minerals.  Great raw or cooked.

Most of these greens can be eaten raw by washing and drying.  Take a leaf and roll up your favorite sandwich filling in it.  Or roll up a small amount of salad with a little dressing and enjoy.  Crunchy – tasty – no need for bread!

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Greenhouse D Bamboo Skelton April 10, 2010

Filed under: Bamboo Greenhouses — Ron Miller @ 11:00 am

The last of the set of 4 bamboo greenhouses is being completed very soon.  We are ready for a nice sunny day to heat the plastic so we can pull it tightly around the bamboo frame.   Our friend, Rodrigo, created this design and helped us build the first one.  Each joint is tied with rope and bamboo pegs and the structure is quite strong.  From then on our guys have built the rest.  They now think they could build one in their sleep.  I wonder what other bamboo structures will be built at Finca Santa Marta?

Bamboo Greenhouse Frame

 

The First Busload of Visitors to the Farm April 9, 2010

Filed under: Farm Tours — Ron Miller @ 9:35 am

Heading Down to the Greenhouses

This was our first bus load of people to visit the farm.  They are  farmers from Panama City that have come to the area to visit organic farms and also to see our greenhouses built with bamboo.

Bamboo is a good and a much cheaper resource to build greenhouses with than metal is.  We plan to grow our own bamboo in the future.

Our team has worked hard harvesting and transporting the hundreds of bamboo canes we have used to build these greenhouses.   They are ready to pull the plastic on the 4th greenhouse now.  Then water gets installed, we build the soil with goodies and microbes, seeds germinate, plants thrive and away we go and grow.  Healthy food for Panama!

Examining the Construction

One of the goals for Finca Santa Marta is to be a teaching farm.  So as we learn, we share this knowledge with others, and the cycle continues.