Over the years, Thee Seeds has become a regional organic farm model for local farmers and students to learn about best practices related to organic food production in the tropics. Local schools are frequent visitors. Through strategic partnerships with a wildlife preserve next door, Buenaventura Rainforest Park, and Conexiones Institute, an experiential education organization, Three Seeds has created a unique experiences for groups, students and families looking to be immersed in the Costa Rican culture, the Spanish language, the rainforest, and/or its natural flavors.
Gerardo Saenz, Farm Manager: Gerardo is one of the first agricultural settlers in this area and a man of the rainforest and the roots of the land, through and through. Gerardo has over 60 years experience growing his own food in one of the most remote areas of Costa Rica. Gerardo was born, raised and spent most of his adult life deep in the rainforest with no electricity, relying on ancestral knowledge and strength of body to survive and raise a healthy family. A master agriculturalists and medicine man with no formal academic training, Gerardo freely shares his knowledge of all the medicinal and culinary uses of wild and cultivated rainforest plants via special tours and workshops that he leads at Three Seeds.
Harlow "Salvador" Newton, Co-host and Partner: Harlow is Tamara's brother, neighbor and the owner of Buenaventura Rainforest Park, a 160+ protected area of rainforest where many of the educational and adventure activities take place, including the Los Mangos Rainforest Tent Camp where visitors can spend a night camping deep in the rainforest. He also is the guide for many of our adventure activities.