SWF Travels to EARTH University in Costa RicaMar 27 2016 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
November 5, 2015
Jesse Blom, SWF City Director in Milwaukee, recently visited EARTH University in Costa Rica, where he was invited by Professor Alex Pacheco to assist with the school’s urban and peri-urban agriculture program. EARTH University is an international university for sustainable agriculture, with students and faculty from over 40 countries.
During his 10-day stay at the university, Jesse taught an aquaponics mini-course for a group of fourth-year university students, and assisted a group of second-year students with a start-up aquaponics tourism enterprise.
Jesse’s two day mini-course was a part of the university’s new elective course, “Agricultura Controlada” (“Controlled Environment Agriculture”). The course blended classroom lectures and discussions of aquaponics practice with hands-on work with the newly established aquaponics pilot facility. Course material ranged from system design and water chemistry to commercial applications and the economics of aquaponics.
Jesse also led second-year EARTH students in their efforts to lead tours and workshops at the new aquaponics facility. The center of their efforts will be hands-on workshops using a Barrel-Ponics aquaponics system. During his stay, Jesse and the fourth-year students assisted the second-year students in the construction of this system.
In the summer of 2014, Sweet Water Foundation hosted Professor Alex Pacheco at the Heart Haus in Milwaukee during his sabbatical, including him in their aquaponics training program for Milwaukee Public Schools, and giving him a tour of our Chicago facilities. We look forward to continuing the positive and productive relationship with EARTH University in the future!