Category Archives: Peace Corps 2009-2010

La Amistad Biosphere Reserve (RBA)

La Amistad Biosphere Reserve (RBA) The ‘La Amistad Biosphere Reserve’ is a biological reserve shared by Costa Rica and Panama. The Costa Rican sector was added to the list of World Heritage sites in 1983 while the Panamanian sector was … Continue reading

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How your coffee purchase influences the environment

How coffee is produced has a powerful impact on the environment, and where coffee is often grown makes this an extremely important topic. In the 1980’s producers starting clearing their fields because growing coffee in full sunlight produces a higher … Continue reading

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Pencil, pen and water colors by Gary about Panama

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Myths

Some mythical beliefs I have run across: Latino beliefs Last December at Christmas time, I was talking with a woman about the holiday.  Somehow the subject of Santa Claus came up.  She said she was sure that there was not … Continue reading

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The fair- the photos

These are photos from the Feria de Santa Clara, August 2010.  Peg spearheaded this effort to develop more of a sense of community in Santa Clara and give people another source of income. [nggallery id=3]

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The Hometown Fair

In March, while visiting one of the local’s coffee finca, Peg stumbled across some old hand tools. They were no longer a part of the routine of local farmers but very much a part of their history. The moisture that … Continue reading

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Training in ag business

In July I brought two people to a seminar that Peace Corps has been offering for the past several years in Agricultural Business.  This program deals with basic business aspects of farming:   SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats), general … Continue reading

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Newsletter from Santa Clara

All editions of the newsletter from Santa Clara will be posted here, These are put together  by Peg. Click on edition you want to see, then another link with appear with that edition only. Click on that link and a … Continue reading

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Dodging bullets, sleeping in caves

Somehow our staying in Volcan during the emergency period earlier this week became Peggy’s departure for the United States and my fleeing into Costa Rica.   This came about apparently while one of our neighbors was listening in on my phone … Continue reading

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Yesterday's strikes peaceful

Demonstrations in Panama City yesterday came off peacefully.  Martinelli, the President, announced the government would suspend implementation of the so called 9 in 1  law, also called the ‘chorizo’ (sausage) law.  The government presumably will hold dialogues, and would not … Continue reading

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