La Gran Vista Agroecological Farm:Volunteer on an Agroecological Farm in Costa Rica
Finca La Gran Vista was established on January 16, 2001, as a non-profit project with the aim of spreading awareness of environmentally sustainable agricultural methods to other farmers in the region. It is intended to provide an example for other farms of how the following practices can be employed successfully: • Organic farming. • Soil regeneration and conservation. • Natural herbicides. • Natural pesticides. • Enhancement of the natural environment. • Worm composting. • Medicinal herbs. • Reforestation methods and seed saving. • Biogas Producction • Others topics. The manager of the project, Donald Villalobos, is an agricultural engineer who has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture for over 34 years and has seen first hand how traditional farming practices have contributed to habitat degradation in Costa Rica. The finca receives volunteers regularly throughout the year from across the world, and particularly from the USA, Canada, England and Australia. Their involvement is invaluable to the development of the farm and to the fulfillment of the main goals Donald has set.