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Finca Luna Nueva Story

The Birth of Finca Luna Nueva For fans of JRR Tolkien, the image of wise Gandalf the Grey embodies the good magic of the world. Our beloved founder, Steven Farrell, is known by many as Gandalf, the wizard of the farm. He’s been organically farming for forty years, beginning in 1984 in stone-fruit orchards in […]
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Latest Finca Luna Nueva Updates (July 2023)

It’s been a deeply fulfilling year for us, and we finally have a chance to say hello and update you on the latest. So, where do we start? Did we mention how busy we are? Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you for all your wonderful support of our regenerative experience and mission. Let’s start […]
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Edible Flowers of the Tropics

Katie Rose Molina Browning and Scott Gallant As we look to find niches and stack functions in our tropical permaculture homesteads, one often overlooked group of plants include the edible flowers. With a focus on Costa Rica, this blog, authored primarily by Katie Browning, a certified herbalist, explores the many common and uncommon edible flowers […]
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Regenerate and Rejoice at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

By Thomas Newmark, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Make chocolate in the rainforest? Of course! You’ll take a thousand-year journey through the history of growing cacao and making chocolate, even using an ancient cacao grinding stone recovered from the Caribbean slope of the great Atlantic rainforest in Costa Rica. Plus, you get to drink and eat the tour, […]
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Family and Friends at the Finca and Forest

Our daughter Sara and her beautiful family (husband Drew and our grandkids Elias and Eloise) visited us a few weeks ago, and they brought with them a gang of friends and other family members. It was spring break meets family reunion at Finca Luna Nueva, and the group exchanged photos to share their memories. The […]
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A Day in March at Luna Nueva

Well, it wasn’t March 4th, but our souls commanded us to march through the farm with lots of friends, new and old. Two regenerative farming experts, Gaabi Hathaway and Zach Wolf, visited us from the renowned Caney Fork Farms in Tennessee, and Mary Little and her colleagues brought us a busload of students from the […]
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The Great Dance of Life

I don’t eat meat so I can’t confirm this, but I’ve read that acorn-fed Iberico pigs in Spain have meat that tastes rich and nutty.   I once spent months in the French Alps on a meditation course, and I could tell from the flavor of the milk what the cows had been grazing on up […]
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Toucan Do This!

October 9th, 2021 was a “Big Day,” where birders around the world went out canvassing their ecosystems, finding birds, and compiling bird species counts. We at Finca Luna Nueva always participate in these global counts, but this year offered up a twist. Not only did we have humans go out to find birds on our […]
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Don’t Call Mother Nature a Sink!

by Tom Newmark, Chairman of The Carbon Underground, and member of the CRARS Leadership Council Artwork by Sam Hepburn. Guilty! Many of us in the regenerative agriculture movement describe the world’s soils as a “sink” into which excess atmospheric carbon can be stored, and we’ve been wrong. That mistake has diminished the appeal of our […]
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