Quarter horse and cattle ranch
Hacienda las Imagenes is a 4000 acre ranch in northwestern Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste. Half the land is in forest and half in mixed use, forest and native grass pastures.
our Environmental Policy
Our objective is to have 100% ground cover 100% of the time.
We have been committed to regenerative agriculture for over 20 years. Building soil fertility and increasing biodiversity has allowed us to go beyond organic. By improving soil structure and microbial activity, we have eliminated the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Our land absorbs more rainfall and retains moisture longer due to the increased organic material and porosity in our soils. Furthermore, complete ground cover and as many trees as possible reduce evaporation. We keep our grasses and forage in a growing state through managed intensive grazing. Maximizing growth makes for healthier plants and animals, improves nutrient availability and transport to plants, while reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and storing carbon deep in the soil profile.
Hacienda las Imagenes has participated in FONAFIFO's National Forestry Financing Fund and Environmental Services (PSA) Program for 7 years. The PSA program has a direct impact on environmental protection and improvement. The Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy helps property owners finance the management, preservation and sustainable development of forest resources and biodiversity. As this program evolves into agroforestry, a carbon neutral Costa Rica will become a reality.
We offer consulting on land use, livestock, and forage production.
For more information, you can read Brock Menking's presentation on Building Soil Fertility and Carbon Sequestration (en español: Construyendo la Fertilidad del Suelo a Través del Secuestro de Carbono) at the 8th National Congress of Soil, in association with 2015 International Year of Soils and the Costa Rican Association of Soil Science.