About.

\,hɑːrˈDIːN sɔːl-VEə(R)-dei\

Salverde is a play on several Spanish words including the imperative form of the verb ‘salvar’ which means to save or rescue as a command, ‘verde’ meaning green, and ‘sal’ meaning salt, crystals or minerals. Together these words express this ecological botanical garden's intention of cocreating a regenerative environment by salvaging and utilizing overlooked resources.  

\,feeng-kah sil-VAT-ih-kuh\

Sylvatica means “forest-loving” in latin, so Finca Sylvatica means “Forest-loving farm.”

We are a growing community of artists, permaculture designers, teachers, students, musicians, scientists, tree planters, and volunteers living off the grid and land without the need for money. Neighbors both international and Costa Rican are coming together here to share and contribute knowledge and wisdom.

Jardin Salverde is located at 1,100 meters in elevation in a small farming town currently burdened with the overly ordinary and boring name of ‘Pueblo Nuevo’ nearby Copabuena and Agua Buena in southern Costa Rica. The values of originality and sustainability shine so bright here that perhaps we can give our “new town” a real name like ‘Salverde’ or 'Sylvatica' and this particular 21 acre food forest’s intention can expand to cover more denuded ground.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2005

Size of project site

9 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • French

People on site

1 - 50

Dry season

January to March

Wet season

August to October

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • hammocks
  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • None: Off the grid

Opportunities

Finca Sylvatica is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Property manager
  • pERMACULTURE DESIGNER
  • LONG TERM VOLUNTEER
  • eCOBUILDER
  • VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR

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