After braving the east coast weather, we finally made it to Costa Rica! The trip was long but Donald, our host, was very welcoming and didn’t seem to mind staying up late for our arrival.  Day 1 consisted of eating our way through a tour of the farm.  We tried kumquats, sweet lemons, star fruit, noni, aloe vera, plantains, pineapples, oranges and bananas-all fresh from the trees!  We also saw medicinal herbs, tomatoes, mango trees, cocoa plants, vanilla, cows, horses, pigs, butterflies, and chickens.  We learned about the biogas produced from the pig waste that fuels the house, the California red worms that break down manure to make excellent fertilizer, aloe Vera being used as shampoo, crop rotation, the hydraulic water system, soil preservation and terracing.  After the tour, the team spent time bonding and reflecting on what we learned about the sustainability of the farm.

Day 2 was the beginning of the fence project. We got up early to eat breakfast before we made our way into the forrest to clear a path, dig holes, and place posts in the ground for the new barbed wire fence.  Off to a great start, now it’s time to get back to work!!


  1. Amber says:

    Thanks for the post, Lara. It sounds like you’re learning a lot already. I can’t wait to hear more updates! Have fun and stay safe :)

  2. Terrific to hear that you are having such special and fascinating experiences.

    Keep up the great work and enjoy!

    Thanks for the update!

    Anna Nagurney

  3. Val Reeve says:

    You guys rock!!! Look forward to hearing more about the sustainable agriculture and the adventure of living and working in Costa Rica. You must know this anyway, but it bears saying that you will all learn from your hosts and each other–you will receive as much if not more than what you give. xo from Bridgit’s Mom

  4. Monica Manglani says:

    Great to hear you guys are on the farm and enjoying your experience. Send Donald my regards!


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