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Win a Trip to Costa Rica!

By Rebecca Joerres, September 15, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres
Do you like tropical adventures, delicious bananas, sustainable agriculture, long walks on the beach, Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain? Then this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! We’re teaming up with EARTH University to give you a chance to win a trip to Costa Rica to visit EARTH University in Guácimo, Limón. Five winners will embark on a seven-day Costa Rican adventure where they will:
  • Experience, first-hand, how EARTH University is preparing young students to become tomorrow’s leaders in sustainable agriculture, responsible business and community development.
  • Visit with the farmers who produce the rich and creamy EARTH University bananas and learn how their innovative growing methods are helping to save our planet’s precious resources.
  • Explore vibrant Costa Rica, relax on the majestic beaches of Puerto Viejo, sample local cuisine and cruise along the island’s southern coast in search of dolphins.
EARTH University is a nonprofit, international university dedicated to the sustainable development of the tropics through education, research and outreach. Whole Foods Market started selling fresh EARTH University bananas in 2007, then added their fresh pineapples, and was excited to begin offering the new frozen EARTH University Pineapple and EARTH University Banana Chunks in early 2011. The sales of these fresh and frozen fruits help fund scholarships, and finance research and investment in organic and sustainable agriculture. All of Whole Foods Market’s EARTH University offerings are part of our Whole Trade® Guarantee, which ensures fair prices are paid for products, better wages and working conditions for growers and sound environmental practices. Visit the contest page on our website for more details and be sure to enter on that contest page (not in the blog comments) by September 30th, 2011. No purchase necessary!




R.B. Swanson says ...
That's why Whole Foods fruit is so delicious.
09/21/2011 4:53:06 PM CDT
DeWitt Henderson says ...
I am interested in EVERY aspect of this trip! I've long wanted to visit Costa Rica, always love the beach, am always interested in sustainable/organic farmers, farms, initiatives, and perhaps most importantly in this case, a university which prepares young people to become leaders in this field.
09/21/2011 5:07:29 PM CDT
Anthony V. Ponzio says ...
Would love a vacation to one of the Latin American Countries in the Fall, 2011.
09/21/2011 5:09:42 PM CDT
Tony Ponzio says ...
Would love to win a vacation in the Latin American country of Costa Rica.
09/21/2011 5:19:33 PM CDT
May Rhodes says ...
I am very interested in this trip to Costa Rica :)
09/21/2011 5:26:05 PM CDT
Stephanie stevens says ...
What a neat way to prepare our kids (the next generation). I would love to learn and be able to pass it on.
09/21/2011 5:31:14 PM CDT
Nancy says ...
What a wonderful opportunity to learn more about other countries sustainable practices. Would like to learn more about them and what they do to protect our Earth. Nancy
09/21/2011 5:31:46 PM CDT
John Swanson says ...
Costa Rica is the best. I was there for two days and am dying to get back.
09/21/2011 5:32:11 PM CDT
Kim says ...
I'm a vendor at a local farmer's market and consider the sharing of information on sustainability in venues such as Whole Foods and street markets invaluable to furthering the cause. Thanks for all you do in the way of educating the world on how to make a difference.
09/21/2011 5:34:04 PM CDT
Kellie says ...
This would be such an amazing trip to take and an excellent learning experience. I have always wanted to go to Costa Rica, however, and more importantly, I would love to see the University and how the local culture is taught the valuable lessons about growing organically. Living organically is such a big part of my life and many of my friends. I am a Whole Foods consumer and I will always be.
09/21/2011 5:36:14 PM CDT
david plewes says ...
What a trip. live learn and love.
09/21/2011 5:38:48 PM CDT
Judy Stascheit says ...
Hope to win.
09/21/2011 5:51:15 PM CDT
Paulette Abbatematteo says ...
I would love to go to any tropical land to see how they live and how the grow and culivate.. I hope I have a chance to win.
09/21/2011 5:52:02 PM CDT
Darren Green says ...
What a true learning experience this would be for the mind, body, and soul!!
09/21/2011 6:05:40 PM CDT
deanna maasbach says ...
I love Whole foods I always get everyhting that I need and the meat and fish department our my favorite.. Thank you Whole Foods..PS I love the new one on Six Forks rd Raleigh NC Deanna Maasbach
09/21/2011 6:06:26 PM CDT
Elizabeth Jasse says ...
I'd love to relax on the beautiful Costa Rican beaches
09/21/2011 6:09:40 PM CDT
Martha Snider says ...
This would be an amzing trip to win --there is so much to learn and so much beauty to see !!! Praying In North-Carolina !
09/21/2011 6:09:52 PM CDT
deanna maasbach says ...
This would be a fantastic experiance for me as a senior person. The older we get the more we learn about this wonderful world we live in.My niece was a missionary over there several years ago and told me how beautiful it was. Deanna Maasbach
09/21/2011 6:12:43 PM CDT
audrey miller says ...
Each summer -actually from spring to fall - I'm one of the volunteers working with the 6 - 12 year olds in a summer camp "Wonder Garden" program. It's a challenge, but one which brings such remarkable growth - not only for the seeds, but the kids as well. Would love to bring the experience of Costa Rica to the children of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Thanks for the opportunity to "just imagine."
09/21/2011 6:17:23 PM CDT
Amy Seng says ...
What a great contest and an unbelievable experience! I love Costa Rica! Full of adventure, beauty, and great people. I look forward to seeing if I won :)
09/21/2011 6:18:38 PM CDT
Mark M says ...
I am broke and have no money to spend on a vacation.. Love to get out of New York..
09/21/2011 6:19:56 PM CDT
Allison Gillette says ...
I have been dreaming of visiting Costa Rica. There are numerous activities to experience such as Zip-lining, jungle touring and enjoying the beautiful beaches.
09/21/2011 6:20:04 PM CDT
Karen says ...
sign me up.. sounds like the experience of a life time. would love for my family to explore costa rica and learn from Earth University
09/21/2011 6:23:19 PM CDT
Joan Pool says ...
I went to Costa Rica several years ago and I didn't see what what I wnated to see and that was all the birds. I said at that time that we had more birds in our front yard than I saw there. We should have gone to the national parks and I didn't know that. Since then, almost all of our birds have gone, probably due to the West Nile virus and it is really sad. We used to have every kind of bird that one can see in Northern California. I would love to go back and visit the natural areas instead of just the parts that they take tourists to.
09/21/2011 6:24:17 PM CDT
Gerry says ...
I would love to win this trip to get hands on experience with the local farmers and the people who live on the land of Costa Rica. Growing up as a kid we had a large garden and orchards of apples and peaches.
09/21/2011 6:34:15 PM CDT