So excited! A friend gave me some cherry tomatoes 🍅 and seedlings 🌱. The seedlings promptly keeled over and died so I just squeezed a couple of the tomatoes into the pot and scraped some soil over. Now they are sprouting and I’ve never grown anything from seed before. Fingers crossed 🤞 these survive. #notagardener#growyourownfood#ediblebalcony
What’s for breakfast? This box of Bowen mangoes was a great buy for $AU13 from The Mango Man and he was very insistent that he is THE Mango Man and all others are imposters. I don’t mind what they call themselves if they can provide inexpensive sweet fruit like this.
I’m not eating the whole box in one go. 😉
Who loves jackfruit?
Ahhh... the amazing, versatile, and prosperous jackfruit, with its distinctive, sweet and musky smell, and a flavor reminiscent of Juicy Fruit gum, with hints of mango, nectarine, apple, banana, pineapple, and even melon. In addition to its range of delicious flavors, it packs a powerhouse of carbohydrates, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, making it an excellent food source.
Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a species of fruit in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family, Maraceae. Native to Southern India, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years, jackfruit is now grown in many tropical regions around the world including South and Central America, Florida, Southeast Asia, Australia, Hawaii and Mexico. Pollinators like stingless bees (Tetragonula iridipennis) play an important role in jackfruit cultivation and local economies that depend on it for food and income.
Jackfruit is especially notable for being the largest tree-born fruit in the world. Some trees bear fruits weighing over 100 pounds. The heaviest tree-born fruit on record was a 144-pound jackfruit harvested in India. The fruit grows not just on the branches, but the trunks too. Jackfruit trees can reach over 60 feet tall and live over 200 years.
Once established the trees need little care and are highly drought resistant. A fully mature tree can produce 150 to 200 fruits (two to three tons of fruit) every year. In optimal conditions, trees grown from seed can produce fruit within 3 to 5 years. Grafted trees can produce fruit in even less time.
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Who wants to come play in these falls for a week and eat unlimited organic tropical fruit with fresh coconuts and sugarcane juice?? Come join us for the Costa Rica Fruit Festival July 27th - August 3rd 2018 at the Diamante Center nestled atop the Baru Baru Falls and you can do just that as well as enjoy daily yoga, qigong, meditations, martial arts along with workshops on permaculture, seeds, propagation, soils and compost, community building, regenerative detoxification, plant based nutrition, consciousness and more.
We will feature nightly live music, tea lounge, sacred fire, ceremonies, sweat lodges and also a healer's sanctuary that will offer massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, sound healing, cranial sacral therapy and reiki.
We are a very family friendly festival as indeed the children are the future and we want to educate, inspire and empower the youth as much or even more than the parents! In that regard we will have a whole kids camp set up with special activities and workshops for the bambinos along with a bamboo playground. For the big Kids we will have a bamboo calisthenics gym and workout zone with jungle weights.
Just touching on some of the amazing things planned out for the week! To learn more and reserve your tickets visit:
Yesterday we hosted our weekly Fruit Festival with our Lovely guests and were able to capture some awesome moments. #FruitFestival#SUNRISEMoments
We are excited to have our friend Camilo returning to the festival to play music and host the temezcal sweat lodges! 🔥
Camilo Poltronieri is a Costa Rican native musician, sound engineer, and audio and visual producer, who integrates powerful and beautiful ancient instruments with the latest modern technology to create a unique sound that is beyond time and space. Camilo has been an integral part some of the must important bands in Costa Rica. He shares his gifts through instruments such as the Hang Drum, Flutes, Guitar, Didj, Voice, Erhu, and much more.
With a unique blending of global influences Camilo weaves together an alchemical creation of hypnotic sounds that is bound to uplift your spirits and elevate your vibration.
To learn more and reserve your tickets visit :
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Courage, Cheerfulness, Confidence, Creativity and most importantly Cantaloupe. Today marks our weekly Fruit Festival, don't miss it. #FruitFestival#SUNRISEMoments
We're very excited to have Happe and Eric of Upward Spirals present a feature presentation at the festival on their work and projects! They also happen to be our hosts as the directors of the Diamante Center.
HappE and Eric spent the first half of their lives developing skills to enter an economy they grew to find didn't resonate with their values, and wasn't designed to help them thrive. Rather than continuing to find fault with those that surround them, they decided to apply their skills toward effectively building new systems, organizations, and communities. Thus, they founded Upward Spirals and have since been working diligently to facilitate and accelerate a societal transition to a regenerative relationship with nature.
They are deeply driven to help bring humanity back into balance with our ecosystems, for the benefit of all life. They believe humans have the opportunity and responsibility to act as conservators and enhancers of nature. The goal of their projects is not to avoid environmental catastrophe, but rather to co-create a resilient society worthy of the incredible beauty that surrounds us. They believe that in doing so, we will maximize our chances of successful environmental outcomes, and live with hope, integrity and a deep gratitude for our interconnection.
Upward Spirals is a think tank and consulting company helping communities, small businesses, and social entrepreneurs develop organizations that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. They offer skills and services in social enterprise, strategic and financial planning, organizational development, systemic thinking, project management, and knowledge management, to co-create solutions to the challenges facing organizations that work toward social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
To learn more about Upward Spirals and reserve your tickets visit :
The festival will feature a wide variety of yoga, qigong, movement and martial art classes through out the week. We will be highlighting different instructors in the coming weeks. This week we want to introduce you to Rita!
Rita Fleming has been studying the intricacies of subtle alignment to strengthen the spine, cultivate the nervous system, and balance the endocrine system her entire life in the Iyengar Yoga tradition of integration.
She additionally has training in the Kundalini tradition of awareness. Her classes are individualized; working with each person present at a therapeutic level to achieve mental, physical and emotional balance as well as connection with one’s own self knowing.
Her classes are calming and strengthening. She works at a subtle level of dissection to expose weakness and procure true balance. People leave with a newfound appreciation for life and for the human body; achieving a depth of awareness, concentration and elation previously unexplored. The philosophy of yoga is, “there’s more human potential.” Tap in.
Rita Fleming will lead daily Iyengar Yoga classes throughout the festival. To learn more and reserve your tickets visit: