Six months ago Porvenir Design SRL became an official corporation in Costa Rica. Since then our time has been full with a diversity of projects. As we sit in the middle of the Pacific coast dry season, we felt it was an opportune time to reflect on our progress and where we are heading this year.
Helping Others Make Good Choices
We joke that the majority of our work is helping clients make good choices. This thinking certainly helps simplify what can oftentimes be complex projects with many stakeholders, or family dynamics, or cultural barriers at play. To date we’ve worked with over fifteen different clients in the past six months.
Some of our work has been designing sites to enhance educational programming around permaculture such as at Mauser Eco House, ViVerde or the Valle Escondido Preserve. We’ve also found ourselves helping clients get set up for true agricultural enterprises such as a banana textile export project in Turrialba. Sam traveled to the island of St. John after Hurricanes Irma and Maria to assess how to rebuild water, energy, waste and food system to be resilient toward future storms. Mitch and Scott lead up a large scale mastering plan process and implementation plan for the farm at Vera Corazon, a school forming in northern Nicaragua to support young women’s education. As well Scott spent a week near Medellin, Colombia developing a master plan for a coffee farm to better utilize waste products, build soil, and grow food for farm workers as part of a demonstration site supported by the German government.
Needless to say, we are excited how the 2018 year has begun and want to send out gratitude to our clients and friends who have helped us turn our passion into a livelihood.
The Next Six Months
We expect the next half of the year to see us focus more on taking on one or two large implementation oversight projects. In particular we are excited about working with Finca Luna Nueva and the Brave Earth Community near La Fortuna. We hope to be implementing a plan put together by the Tierra Genesis International team.
We are also looking hard at growing the business. We are in conversations with Jorge Salazar of La Iguana Chocolate to be our Cacao Agroforestry expert, and Laura Killingbeck of Rancho Mastatal to create a cuisine derived design plan called a Basic Pantry Analysis.
We are skilling up internally. We’ve purchased a drone, are taking courses to improve our visual communication skills, and are developing a mentorship program with former students and apprentices from Rancho Mastatal.
What Are You Planting This Year?
Although the clay soil is cracking this time of year, the rains will be here soon, and we would love to know what you are planning on planting. If there is one thing we believe in at Porvenir Design, it is the value of getting trees that feed us in the ground.
Never stop planting!