Current Project: Greenhouse
The financial resources at Cuericí are dwindling. Thus, it is imperative that something be done to improve the stability and size of the station's financial savings. Constructing a greenhouse near the trout hatchery to grow fruits and vegetables would increase the station's independence from the exorbitant and scarce produce market in the area. This greenhouse would recycle excess fish waste from the two breeding ponds, augmenting the connectivity of Cuericí. This will allow Don Carlos to continue his conservation and environmental education efforts.
With the help of foreign contributors, Don Carlos and his family created a small rainbow trout hatchery. The facility utilizes pure, cold water from a spring on the property to nurture eggs and juveniles for sale. Don Carlos in fact serves as the main distributor of high quality, live trout eggs for all Costa Rican trout farms.
Don Carlos and some of his coworkers engineered a small, gravity-powered hydroelectric generator at the base of the property. This provides cheap, clean, and constant energy to the station and surrounding buildings. After 18 years of power, he has essentially created a source of free electricity.
Any excess food and organic waste, including waste from the hatchery, are composted in an insulated shed. Besides eliminating waste in a natural way, Don Carlos cultivates earthworms in this habitat to prepare all the nutritious trout food he needs.
Don Carlos (right) at one of his rainbow trout ponds with a visiting professor (left) from the Organization for Tropical Studies.
Rainbow trout, a freshwater fish that Don Carlos raises to support Cuericí.