Costa Rica – Day 5

Rainforest Day! (Written in combination with Erika DeBrouwer)   Today was rainforest day. The first question that we need to answer for you is why a rainforest is considered a rainforest. This is due to the elevation, the amount of rainfall as well as the temperature within the forest. A rainforest receives about 4 meters…

Costa Rica – Day 7

Oil Palm! Oil Palm Day! Today we visited Palma Tica and saw their nursery and their mature plantation. There are 4,337 hectares of oil palm within the nursery and there are 84,000 plants. There is a total of 45,000 hectares of oil palm on the farm. All of the varieties that are grown in the…

Costa Rica – Day 6

Beef Farm and Crocodiles Today we visited a Beef farm in the Alajuela province of Costa Rica. This farm was 250 hectares with 110 animals. There were 5 horses and 4 milking cows and the rest were beef cattle. On this farm there is also 65 hectares of forest. The entire cattle operation is done…

Costa Rica – Day 4

Banana’s and Integrated Farming Today was Banana day! We visited EARTH University’s 3600-hectare banana conventional banana operation first and then we went over and toured their organic operation. Bananas are perennial plants that can last up to twelve years; after twelve years yield begins to decline substantially. It takes about ten months from when it’s…

Costa Rica – Day 3

Day 3: Mist Netting and Sugar Cane This morning we were able to go out bird-mist netting with Alegandra Martinez. The team involved with this project comes out at 5:00am and starts setting up the nets and then checks each net every half hour to see if there is a bird. We had nets in…