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.