COSTA RICA ECOBRICK REVOLUTION!
Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula Bloom through Green Wave has successfully inspired an ecobrick revolution through the school we work with, Futuro Verde. In March of this year, we had a teacher and a student parent come to visit the The Green Wave House. After seeing the ecobrick making station here, we and the shoe rack and stools made from ecobricks, Katie Chiaverini (the 2nd grade teacher and curriculum director) decided ecobricks should be made by Futuro Verde students. She first took her kids out to the beach on that following weekend to try it out first then within two weeks had her 2nd grade class make educational posters which were on walls throughout the school teaching how to make them. By Earth Day they had their first challenge and ceremoniously laid the ground work for the first layer of their future ecobrick planter in the front of the school. From Earth Day onward they created other challenges to make the bricks necessary to complete the planter which they finally finished last week! We don’t know what is the next ecobrick project but receptacles for collecting the ecobrickable plastics were donated by The Green Wave House veggie oil collection program, painted by the Futuro Verde art classes, and are strategically placed throughout the school. On recent visits, we have witnessed students on “ecobrick” duty. At a local festival, Javier (Futuro Verde’s science teacher) set up an ecobrick activation to extend the revolution to the greater community of Cobano, Delicias, and Montezuma.
FOOD FOREST INSPIRATION
Recently Futuro Verde’s science students, led by teacher Javier, visited The Green Wave House to study the multi-stage food forest. Adriana Pal, Green Wave House’s permaculture expert, received the students and gave them the educational tour. Students were able to observe the first phase food forest which is now about two years old and contains all layers as well as observe the freshly planted food forest extension.
FUTURO VERDE AS THE FIRST COSTA RICAN SCHOOL TO INTEGRATE PERMACULTURE FORMALLY INTO THEIR CURRICULUM
Green Wave, through the consulting work of both Janine Jordan and Adriana Pal, has been working on formally integrating Permaculture into the curriculum at Futuro Verde. Futuro Verde is a dedicated environmental school in Costa Rica with students pre-K through 11th grade. Symbolically we kicked off efforts on Earth Day with the ecobrick planter and ceremony which included the donation of a refrigerator for a seed bank and seed bank stock from The Green Wave House. So far a new chicken coop has been made from the donation of Green Wave and the expansion of their school (plant) nursery is in progress. The school has taken the recommendation of building a banana circle to combat the issue they had with grey water in one area of the school as well. Green Wave donated money for the purchase of gardening kits for the students and Adriana Pal has successfully completed two workshops for the students including a tour to Cabo Blanco National Park to observe Nature’s design for a forest, as well as the food forest tour at The Green Wave House.
Since Earth Day, Janine Jordan, head of Nicoya Bloom and Green Wave, has been running a “trash to treasure” challenge for the Green Wave project, Electronic Music Alliance. This challenge was to inspire thought within the festival community surrounding the creative use of trash into art and fashion. Applications are currently being accepted until September 30th. There are cash prizes and publicity for those recognized from the amazing judging panel. For more details visit their site.
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Picture of Science Students from Futuro Verde at The Green Wave House with Javier Sanchez Caceres and Adriana Pal.
Earth Day celebration of foundation of the future permaculture integration with ecobricks, featuring Janine Jordan and Jeremy Levine, Executive Director of Wild Sun wildlife rescue center (a sponsored project of Green Wave).
Javier standing in front of the donated refrigerator “seed bank"
Futuro Verde’s ecobrick champions
New nursery beds and tables donated by Green Wave for Futuro Verde’s permaculture integration
New chicken coop at Futuro Verde (donated by Green Wave)
Futuro Verde Ecobrick activation at local community festival
Electronic Music Alliance’s Trash to Treasure Challenge - submissions open until September 30 2018
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