UNH Academic Sustainable Agriculture in Costa Rica

Presented by: Andrew Ogden
Jan 6 THROUGH Jan 9
Start Jan. 6th 2020End Jan. 9th 2020

UNH Academic Sustainable Agriculture in Costa Rica

Presented by: Andrew Ogden

Course is designed as a three week immersion into tropical agriculture and Costa Rican ecology and culture.

Agriculture plays a pivotal role in Costa Rica's history and in shaping current events. Production of horticultural and agronomic crops occurs on a variety of scales ranging from large export based systems, to mid-sized operations for domestic sales, and sustenance based home gardens.

Examples of all systems are visited and discussions focus on their overall sustainability. Sustainability is a broad concept and requires consideration of socio-cultural, environmental, and economic factors. Agriculture and agricultural products infuse the culture as seen by large participation in farmers markets and appreciation for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables prepared in myriads of ways. An appreciation for nature also infuses the culture and is embodied by the country's extensive system of national parks and protected reserves along with the national philosophy of 'Pura Vida'.


Andrew Ogden

As a Senior Lecturer, my focus at UNH is primarily on teaching. I teach a variety of courses for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program. I teach the Food Production Field Experience, a 2 semester experiential course in which we grow a wide variety of vegetables for UNH Dining outlets. My interests lie in the sustainable production of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Micro-climate enhancement for season extension is of great interest to me and much of my research has focused on high tunnel environments. I am passionate about tropical agriculture and agroforestry. I teach about these subjects in my course a Taste of the Tropics and while teaching abroad in places like Costa Rica and Peru. I am also conducting my doctoral research in Dr. Brent Loy’s lab focusing on the physiology of flowering, grafting, and powdery mildew resistance in the family Cucurbitaceae.


January 06 thru January 09
Price: N/A
  • Vegan Meals (Lunch/Dinner - Optional)
  • Salt Water Infinity Pool
  • Luscious Jungle Trails
  • Close access to Beach / Whales Tail
Selva Armonia, or “Harmonious Jungle," provides exceptional retreat space deep in the rainforest of Costa Rica, overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. We are a true eco-lodge combining elegance with a rustic atmosphere in a breathtaking jungle setting. This space is used for world-class teachers, healers, yogis, facilitators and nature-enthusiasts to celebrate and share their gifts and teachings with others.
ADDRESSRoute 34 - La Union Rd, Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

This event is an academic course with the University of New Hampshire!



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