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14 July, 2023

Second Summer Session 2023: Systems Change for Health & Sustainabiity

The group visited a number of farms near Seattle, Washington during the first part
of the course prior to arriving in Costa Rica.  This provided an excellent
opportunity to compare and contrast farming practices.   



Once in Costa Rica the group visited local organic farms and planted
little known native fruit trees (Chirimoya) and other pollinator
(e.g., hummingbird & butterfly) favorites.


We also learned about Costa Rican culture and its natural & political history,
as well as assisted in an grade school environmental education
project about the importance of bees for ecosystem services.  


Visits to local farmer's markets where we learned
about (and ate) various tropical fruits!


Exploring our personal values (above), and our connection with Nature
through various Deep Ecology exercises and activities (below).

 A visit to the beautiful University of Costa Rica campus in San Ramón
where we made time for personal reflection. 


Some of the flora and fauna we encountered during the course.