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This photo was taken in June 2010, one day after we had bought the land. The scars of 70 years of cattle breeding could be seen everywhere.</p>In the rainy season, animal trails became streams which accelerated the erosion. During the dry season, the vegetation got burnt because there were hardly any trees left to shade the land. They have been cut for the purpose of maximizing the pasture area.</p>The roots of many plants could not penetrate the hard ground because the heavy animals had compacted the soil with their hooves. 
This photo  was taken in March 2014. Finca Bayano looks quite different. The land has already recovered substantially from the ordeal of decades of meat production. Thousands of trees are thriving now and many animal species are coming back.</p>If we had not bought the land it would now be like many other Fincas which, due to destruction of the soil, require ever larger areas to feed the same number of animals. Sooner rather than later, farmers in Panama will have to realize that the time of ruthless exploitation of nature is eventually coming to an end. We are exploring the neighborhood in search for the best coconuts. </p>Our intention is to plant 1,000 coconut trees this year but it turns out to be complicated to find such a huge number of nuts. Nowadays, even villagers prefer a modern (!) diet, and for that reason most neighbors have only one coconut tree. Once ripe, however, the nuts fall down, and most of them are rotting below the tree. It is a much better idea to sell the nuts to us. We are offering 15 cents apiece.</p>By the way, mangos and cashews are also rotting, in this land of plenty. Furthermore, several hundred cashew, carambola, and moringa trees are on the planting agenda. As fast-growing shade trees, there are 1,000 bananas and the same number of papayas on our plan in 2014.</p>To make sure that all plants grow well at Finca Bayano, we will build irrigation reservoirs this year. 10 reservoirs, with a volume of about 1,000 gallons each, will be dug per acre.</p>During the dry season, two of our workers will be responsible for the irrigation only.

Prepare, don't despair!

For decades it was possible to live passively and at the same time be in a comfortable position. Unfortunately, this time is over. At the national level, there is the real probability of rioting; at the international level, the danger of a nuclear war is rising. Current events suggest that a major conflict is supposed to be provoked. To escape a war and a collapse of the system, we are preparing our farm in Panama. You may join us and buy some land at Finca Bayano to provide for an uncertain future.

The idea of farming together with like-minded people emerged in 2010. By then, we were concerned that we would not have enough time to prepare. Up to now, our fears have fortunately not been met, and we are a lot closer to leading a virtually independent life at Finca Bayano. We consider our project as a ‘Survival Insurance’.

Our farm, 75 acres (30 hectares) in size, is located about 200 miles west of Panama-City, at an altitude of 1,600 feet (500 meters) above sea level. About one hundred people will be living in the village. The coordinates are according to Google earth: 8°06′ N and 81°28′ W. The area is sparsely populated and malaria-free. There is an ideal climate with an average temperature of 75°F (25°C). The soil is fertile and there is sufficient rainfall. Firewood is available in abundance, and there is mostly a fresh breeze. A creek divides Finca Bayano into two equal halves. There is no industrial pollution and there are no power plants in this region. Also, there are no active volcanoes. Chemtrails are not an issue, because there are no flight routes over that area.

Most important, besides owning the land, is a good relation to our Panamanian neighbors. Our attitude towards politics and religion is neutral, however, anyone that joins us may practice peaceful religion. We believe in a tolerant coexistence of a small community, whose members think alike and have a similar goal: to survive in peace.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!