June 2012- July 2012
Agua Buena, Costa Rica
- Agroecological farming practices that produce healthy food and healthy environments
- Food security to end seasonal hunger
- Alternative trade models that foster direct relationships between producers and consumers ensuring a fair price for farmers
- Youth empowerment so that the next generation has the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to reduce hunger
Costa Rica International Short Course
In the summer between my freshman and sophomore year I attended CAN’s international short course in Costa Rica. In this short course I was lucky enough to explore southern Costa Rica, live for two week on a coffee farm, immerse myself in Costa Rican culture, and learn about the what CAN’s international partners in Costa Rica was doing. Working with and living with native Costa Rican made this short course truly memorable and near and dear to my heart.
In the two week course I learned:
- Learned planting and maintenance techniques to grow sustainable, agroecological, and biodiverse coffee
- Learned how to roast coffee right from the plant
- Learned how complicated it is to define terms like ‘agroecological and biodiverse’, let alone grow it!
Here are a few images from the short course!