How and when were we founded?
Spirogyra was founded in 1992 by Sol Carballo. It is a small oasis and one of the last wooded redoubts located on the banks of the Torres River located in the middle of San José, the very small but very populated capital city of Costa Rica.
Thanks to the teachings of her father she learned to love every plant, tree and animal that inhabited the place and when he died she inherited the place, owner of a white elephant to take care of with the salary of a dancer. In order to maintain the property of 7,000 m2 and avoid having to sell it, she opened a small business congruent with her love for nature: a butterfly farm.
Who are we?
Sol grew up in this place, she dedicated herself professionally to the performing arts and took care of the land together with his family and a small work team.
Through this project, it has been possible to preserve the property located in the Rio Torres bio-corridor and preserve the secondary gallery forest that exists in it.
What do we do?
Spirogyra breeds approximately 20 different species of butterflies and the host and flower plants necessary for breeding. It is also an agent for a number of small independent breeders.Many of these are groups of small rural communities on the margins of primary forests, where there is constant pressure on the areas to extract wood or perform agriculture in the traditional way using chemical pesticides and thus preserve and protect the part of the Biocorridor of the Rio Torres that is on the property.
What is our goal?
Our goal is to provide an economic alternative through the use of these lands for an eco-sustainable business: the breeding of butterflies, as a source of income, while maintaining a minimal ecological impact, and thus preserve and protect the part of the Biocorridor of the Rio Torres that is on the property.