Earlier this year, New Chapter gifted Mana Foods managers Christina and Tara with a trip to Finca Luna Nueva Lodge and certified organic biodynamic farm in Costa Rica. This is where the majority of the Ginger used in New Chapter supplements are grown.
During their stay, Tara and Christina toured the Sacred Seeds Sanctuary, Luna Nueva’ s dynamic collection of over 300 tropical medicinal plants. This sanctuary protects and celebrates not only biological diversity in Costa Rica and the tropics, but also the diversity of cultural knowledge related to these plants worldwide. In a world where 50 to 200 species become extinct every day due to deforestation, over harvesting, or other human activity, the sanctuary aims to preserve the genetic material and cultural use of these plants.
Christina and Tara also planted tress as part of Luna Nueva’s ongoing efforts with the Corridor Reforestation Project. In an effort to encourage the large mammals such as the jaguar and puma to return to healthy numbers in our forest, they have begun a project building biological corridors. Species which require a large area of forest to live and hunt happily can increase in numbers when they are not confined to a single area or altitude. Due to invasive human intervention much of their natural habitat has been divided.
By planting trees, Tara and Christina helped reach the goal of connecting the 50 hectares of Luna Nueva’s rain forest with the 22,500 hectares of The Children’s Eternal Rain Forest. We hope that by planting trees that extend sections of the rain forest, Luna Nueva can create protected corridors, enabling wildlife to travel through much larger areas.