Workin the farm

Trip Start Apr 09, 2007
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Today is Costa Rica´s labor day, so we all got some unexpected free time to wander into town and get more access to computers and such. So like I last mentioned, me and Mike are currently working a volunteer program on an organic farm in the middle of the mountains and rainforest. And while I used to think that moving to South Carolina was a big lifestyle change from hometown LA, that was absolutely nothing compared to this. The program is set up to promote organic cultivation, reforestation, medicinal herbs and plants (no, I´m not talking about marijuana), Spanish lessons, and general outreach to both children and the local community. We have to pay $15-20 daily, but that provides lodging and 3 full vegetarian meals that are prepared for us by local Ticos. The food was something that I wasn´t sure if I´d be able to handle for an extended period of time, and was especially curious about Mike, but honestly, the food is one of my favorite parts! We bake our own bread, and everything is made with organic vegetables, seasonings, and fruits directly from our farm, including other fresh and local items such as pasta, and rice. The majority of the meals are more elaborate and delicious than any vegetarian place I´ve ever been to. (All of my vegetarian friends: if you guys come visit I´d be more than happy to come back here a few days with you guys; you wouldn´t regret it.)As far as work, we are doing farm work every morning for about four hours, and then are free to do whatever we´d like the rest of the day. Most people take Spanish lessons, but me and Mike feel that we can learn enough just by studying on our own. So far some of the duties I´ve had have been rotating and bagging the compost, helping in the kitchen, and feeding baby goats bottled milk. I´ve only had three days of work so far, but there´s still lots to come. I´ve also been reading a lot of the books they have about genetic modification, and problems with the country´s pesticides and reduction of small farms. There´s much more to describe, but once again my friends are waiting for me to get off. This is the website if anyone´s curious to read about it:
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