Finca Mono Verde in Tabuga, Ecuador
Finca Mono Verde (aka Green Monkey Farm) is an ecological farm located on the northern coast of Ecuador. Our goal is to increase the use of sustainable agricultural practices in Tabuga and the region through experimentation, demonstration and education. We focus on Permaculture design, natural farming, sustainable building techniques and waste management to minimize our impact on the environment. We host volunteers and interns to support daily farm activities, short- and long-term projects and community engagement. The vision is to develop value added products that can support the local economy while caring for the unique dry tropical forest ecosystem in which the farm is located.
The 10 hectare property was primarily cattle pastures and was dry, barren and infertile. Now, after years of enhanced water management, strategic planting and natural regeneration, the farm is a productive tropical oasis. Permanent crops on the farm include limes, plantains, café, sacha inchi and cacao. In addition, we grow a wide variety of tropical fruits, herbs and vegetables for farm consumption. Infrastructure on the farm includes 3 shared sleeping cabins, a workshop with outdoor kitchen, a chicken coop, a green house and a community learned center scheduled to be completed in October 2016. A lot of progress has been made since the property was first visited in 2009 and there is a lot more room to grow!
Finca Mono Verde Team (from left to right)
Alex Johnson, Marketing & Communications - Portland, OR
Andrea Johnson, Founder & Director - Portland, OR
Donny Comer, Founder of The GROW Initiative - Lansing, MI
Brooke Comer, Founder of The GROW Initiative - Lansing, MI
Arnaud Lefeuvre, Director of Farm Operations - Tabuga, Ecuador
Monica Hernandez, Director of Operations, Tumbaco, Ecuador