A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited
in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated
from the rest – a
kind of delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us, restricting us to
our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to
free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein
The Foundation For Sustainable Living was established to
promote sustainable organic agriculture of diverse food plants, aquaculture, and animal husbandry.
We promote development and home construction methods that utilize local materials in well planned,
comfortable, but compact living quarters that rely upon renewable power sources.
The Foundation is directed by Franklin E. Wilson with business offices located
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Wilson has raised organic fruit and produce on irrigated farmland
in the Rio Grande Valley near Albuquerque. He is a water systems operator, surveyor, land developer
Other members of the board of directors include:
Frank S. Wilson
Michelle J. Wilson
Dr. Gary M. Ross, Dentist
Will Ferguson, Attorney
David V. Hartman, Entrepreneur
Lena I. Stuart
INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY
We recently shared the results of an agricultural project with two local schools... to the delight of the children, who literally ate it up.
Every year the farm produces more produce than we can consume. This includes squash that we grow between the rows of avocado trees and citrus trees. The squash provides a good ground cover over an area that would otherwise have weeds if there was no crop. We take this abundant excess produce and share it with the local schools where it is prepared for the school lunches. We have been involved for over 10 years with the San Pedro Elementary School located near the farm. For this school we helped to plant a kitchen herb garden for the cafeteria. In past years, volunteers living here at the farm have also volunteered to help with the English classes at the school.
This year there was sufficient produce to include a second school located nearby on Calle San Miguel. The students were delighted to leave the classroom and help unload the truck. There was fierce competition among the boys as to who could carry the largest and greatest number of squash. In this case it turned out to be one of the smaller boys. It was a lesson for me that enthusiasm and motivation is more important than body size and physical strength.
Agriculture is the foundation of sustainability. The perpetual growing season,
abundant rainfall, and fertile soil make Sarchi, Costa Rica an ideal location. With these inherent
attributes, an agrarian culture exists in Costa Rica along with a technologically advanced banking,
industrial, and tourist economy.
Costa Rica is a peaceful country without an army or military economy. The
political stability, friendliness to foreign residents, an improving standard of living, and
emergence as a modern technologically progressive country, increases the appeal. A large foreign
community with a diverse understanding of many concepts, and a willingness to interact and share
their talents with others acts as a magnet to attract other like minded people to the area.
The Finca is in a farming area that grows coffee, sugar cane, ornamental
plants and produce. The small town of Sarchi, 4km away on a paved road, provides all the basic
services for daily living. Sarchi is best known for the manufacture of fine woodcrafts. Many
homes in Costa Rica are furnished with the excellent work produced in the many small shops in
this area. The larger, nearby towns of Naranjo, with 30,000 inhabitants, and Grecia, approximately
60,000 inhabitants, provide a more diverse selection of goods and services. The international
airport at Alajuela is an hour away and San Jose, the Capital of Costa Rica, is 1 ½ hours
The location at 1200 meters above sea level provides a pleasant year round
climate. The homes have neither heating nor cooling but rely on proper siting and design for
open air cross ventilation. The farm has several microclimate zones including south slope, hilltop
areas, and north slope that goes down to the river and lake.
The Rio Trojas with its source being the many springs on the western slope
of Vulcan Poas is about 7 meters wide. In the June through October season, the river rises from
0.3 meters, with a tranquil flow, to a depth of 1.5 meters of rushing torrent.
The Foundation and Earth Education International have agreed
to form a partnership to begin projects with student researchers in January 2007. Earth Education
International is headed by Dr. Miguel Karian. Information can be found at their web site, www.earthedintl.org.
The School for Field Studies has five locations worldwide,
including one in Atenas, Costa Rica, about one hour from the Foundation’s facility. The
School for Field Studies will send students and professors to engage in projects consistent with
their common mission. Opportunities for participants range from day long visits to living on
the site for weeks at a time. The Director of the Atenas campus is Dr. Noland Quiors, PhD and
their staff includes many professors and educators. Their web site is www.fieldstudies.org.
Earth University is located just outside of Guacimo,
Limon here in Costa Rica. It is a full time, four year University, dedicated to the study of
tropical plants. They have an intern program that places third year students at a project for
15 weeks beginning in December. The farm in Sarchi has invited an intern to live at the farm
for the 2006 and 2007 work study period. The student develops and carries out his or her project
during the stay. The professors visit the student in the course of the 15 weeks and grade the
student for credit. Information on Earth University can be found at www.earth.ac.cr.