Green Earth Gardens® is a private initiative promoting reforestation, tropical apiculture, community education, cultural and environmental awareness. We are based near the small town of Chambacu, Aguas Zarcas in the northern plains of San Carlos, Costa Rica. Green Earth Gardens® is a 150-acre nature reserve and theme park for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS), a gas responsible for climate change and global warming.
Years ago, this region was deforested and used for the production of cultivated timber for commercial purposes and for extensive agriculture. Deforestation of native habitats, along with the expansion of agriculture increases pollution, threatens biological diversity, and contributes to global warming.
Understanding the problem is a first step to finding sound, innovative solutions. Green Earth Gardens® has decided to act now by providing sustainable alternatives, and invites you to join us and be part of them. Our reserve provides the setting for an innovative reforestation model aiming at Carbon Capture & Storage and biodiversity conservation. Green Earth Gardens® is also a life size laboratory for sustainable uses, beginning with organic honey harvesting from stingless bees. The reserve also provides rain forest habitat for numerous plants and animals, and protects several creeks and underground aquifers as well.
Green Earth Gardens® a Private Natural Reserve is part of the Maquenque Biological Wildlife Corridor, which aims to connecting ecosystems isolated from each other because of deforestation and destruction of natural habitat. Properties like ours play an important ecological role through joining these otherwise isolated natural spaces, allowing the movement of flora a fauna.
Our reserve’s secondary forests provide habitat for numerous species, including several valuable Costa Rican species such as the great green macaw, the white face monkey, white tail deer and the agouti. It is also home to about 70% of the country’s stingless bee species, thus its potential for organic honey production. Through reforestation activities, Green Earth Gardens® is contributing to recover northern Costa Rica’s rich tropical rain forests, which provide a home to thousands of species of plants, animals and microorganisms.
Organic honey production
Stingless bees are native to the Neotropics, which differ from their European counterpart because of their lack of a sting and their tamer behavior. They play an important ecological role in the tropical forest through pollination of many plants and trees, allowing the production of fruits and seeds, and the survival of many plant species.
The Mesoamerican indigenous civilizations practiced stingless beekeeping -known today as Meliponiculture- as an important economic activity. They kept the bees in hollow log-hives, and harvested honey for gastronomic and medicinal uses. In fact, they considered these bees as a gift from the gods. Based on this ancient tradition, with the purpose of producing organic rainforest honey, Green Earth Gardens® has created a native stingless bee garden -or meliponario- using sustainable management techniques. The mariola bee (Tetragonisca angustula) is recognized as one of the most attractive species because of the quality of its honey, its medicinal and antibiotic uses and it commercial potential.