We spent today traveling to and visiting with a group of indigenous people living in the mountains of Costa Rica. What an experience to drive 30 miles, but taking about 1.5 hours because of the winding and turning roads. Once we got to the stopping point, we had to hike to their actual homes. That took another 30 minutes or so.

I had no idea what to expect of our visit with these people. We talked about how difficult it was for them to get their produce to a market as they have to transport it by horse to a central location. There a small truck that can make it through the small dirt roads picks up the bananas and takes them to another larger truck on the mail road. We discussed possible ways Purdue Extension might help this group and what could be done.

The October group will be spending mre time focusing on this group as today was more of a fact finding mission for us. I am sure they will be able to provide some much needed help.

What an experience with the hike and meeting the indigenous people. I am amazed at how resourceful they have become with such limited resources.

Stacy

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