Taking care of nature

"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system".

Bill Mollison


C.S.A. Community Supported Agriculture

CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture". Developed in the 1960's in postwar Japan, CSA programs were designed to build a relationship between the neighbour farmer and its supportive community. Members (that's you) buy shares in the farms output before the greens are sown, and then reap the benefits of the harvest each week as the season progresses. CSA members agree to share in the fluctuation and production oscillations inherent in farming, and understand that their produce will be grown with organic, regenerative farming practices. Members are, essentially, shareholders in the farm, thus becoming committed to its successes and failures. This joint venture allows the farmer to receive capital before the season starts when they need it most and allows them to be in the field during the growing season instead of worrying about selling their produce. There are other benefits to supporting local farms and CSA programs. As consumers, we have become accustomed to buying fruits and vegetables shipped from all over the world, regardless of the season with its considerable wastefulness of resources and energy. By choosing locally grown food, you ensure that you are eating the freshest, most nutrient dense and best tasting food possible and being environmentally responsible at the same time.



Since our first plantings in the fall of 2018, we have been committed to a simple and holistic set of ecological principles that have guided farmers for millennia:

• The soil is the foundation of health, nutritional value, and flavor to all our food •
• Biodiversity optimises resilience and overall stability of our land •
• Farm animals and their manures are essential contributors to complex, mature ecosystems •
• Compost production represents a weekly activity needed for enduring and healthy productivity of all living things at the farm •
• The surrounding habitats and ecosystems are valuable collaborators with cultivated systems •
• There is no waste in a natural system •

These foundational concepts are a baseline from which we invite local schools and their students to experiment, play, learn and enjoy nature. Self-generating, self-renewing agricultural ecosystems offer real solutions to climate change, food scarcity and ecological decline. Finca la Gloria aspires to share the knowledge of the value of the land beyond its productivity and to embrace the social and ecological values that are essential to restoration of resilient regional food cultures, attempting to become the grounds for exploration and experimentation that integrates traditional wisdom with innovative research.




Based on a permaculture design from its initial phase, all the agriculture land available, two hectares of disused slopping land, has been crisscrossed by a natural irrigation system composed of Swales and reservoirs at increasing topographical levels, thus allowing all the rain water to be captured, filtrated, and slowly redistributed in its soil. Following the implementation of these earthworks, plants have been specifically positioned for their beneficial attributes as nitrogen fixers, boosting the nutritional dose for the rest of the avocado and citrus plantation for decades to come. The entirety of its soil surface has also been treated with a multiplicity of different types of cover crops, which will help retain water and moister in the warm months, elevating the nutritional levels of the soil, and strengthen the subsoil structure with increased microbial life among others.