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This May we had the pleasure of hosting a group of South Kent School for a course focused on sustainable systems, ecology and cultural exchange.

Luis Iglesias, an expert in organic farming, joined the course for a day long class on vermicompost, compost made by utilizing worm castings, but the class was much more than that!  Luis took us all the way back to learn about the Green Revolution, during the 70’s when fertilizers and synthetic additives exploded in the agricultural world.  We journeyed through the history of agriculture, until the present day, where organic and sustainable practices are growing stronger every day.  We finished by creating our own vermicompost, with designs created and built by the students.  By the end of the day we had a complete worm farm, which will last us for years and years since each worm can live up to 16 years and have 1.500 offspring in a year!!!

In addition the students enjoyed hiking through Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, horseback riding and a a soccer game with the students of Quebradas de Nanado which was a highlight for everyone involved.

By the end of the trip, the students had grasped the vision and values of CIRENAS, some of them wanting to take Spanish lessons, some thinking about studying environmental sciences, and all having a more holistic understanding of sustainable living.

“This experience shows me what I can do to help save and preserve planet Earth.”

“…it reinforced my understanding that there is incredible value in bringing together people from different cultures and introducing students to new natural and cultural situations.  This week, I hope that my students developed a clearer picture of how they are connected to their environment and how those connections can shape their day to day decisions.” – Michael Benjamin