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Win a Trip to Costa Rica!

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!

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shadi ramey says …

i heart the earth and would love love love to go on this trip. i studied ecotourism for my m.a. in cultural anthropology. this is where it is at!!

Lloyd Stanley Huddy says …

It would be an exciting opportunity to work along side of those already demonstrating their growing techniques. Learning how the process began and what expectations they have for the future. Being able to practice my Spanish in that environment would be outstanding.

Leslie Karbonit says …

I have an 8 year old daughter who has always been fascinated in different cultures and different ways of life. This would be an amazing way to experience it first hand! It would definitely be a learning adventure for us all! Through the eyes of an 8 year old!

Jennifer says …

I want to explore the nature's of cuisines and beaches...

Steven Servantez says …

Costa Rica here I come!

ginny murray says …

this is so exciting, I'm the Queen of "green earth" and have helped many neighbors do the same. We buy organic products to encourage those farmers to continue in far away lands. Thank God for this amazing opportunity to visit you all. Thanks so much.

Christine says …

How exciting! I'd love to have the opportunity to pull up my sleeves and help out--while learning how to grow things sustainably. Someday I plant to have a back yard and grow my own produce.

Kasey Smith says …

I always buy Earth University Bananas because I love the mission they have behind their growing. Would LOVE to go and see the harvest first hand!

Minerva says …

What an opportunity to visit EARTH University and learn how they are using sustainable practices and fostering future farmers.

Michelle Garrett says …

That sounds like alot of FUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to visit Cocta Ricato and the Earth University. Please Pick Me!!

Alicia Zemer says …

I'm told everyone moves there.

MARY says …

Costa Rica! My Husband has been promising to take me to Coast Rica for nearly the whole 44 years of our marriage and it has yet to happen. Maybe I could take HIM! Incredible lanscape, people and Food..... Just as Organic as the garden planted by my Mother in the '50s!

Susan Scott says …

Perfect outing for our family...love fair trade!

Tia says …

Fantastic I am glad there are organizations like yours helping to preserve the tropics. My family is from the tropics and I so appreciate the work you do.

Karen Chanon says …

As a teacher I think this would be a wonderful and fascinating opportunity to enrich my classroom by learning about organic farm life from another country. I have always wanted to travel and visit this beautiful exotic land. Whole Foods in Austin, Texas has always been one of my favorite natural stores to shop at and visit.

Ruth Hughes says …

I just discovered the healing power of nature through eating raw organic foods. Whole Food Market has helped me so much on this journey! I couldn't have done it without their high quality produce and organic brands!!! I will continue to learn more about this new way of living and would love to go on this trip to help me do that!

Jennifer says …

Wow, what a great opportunity!

timothy says …

¡viva la pura vida!

Mary Courtney says …

I cannot believe how cool this is! We were at EARTH in 1997 on an educational trip form Missouri University. We would love to return! It is beautiful!

Eileen says …

I would love an opportunity to be immersed in this environment and learn more. I already believe in conscious eating, organic growing and would love to learn more about sustainable gardening... would be valuable to bring home, share and pass on to community and young minds.

Karen says …

This would be such an amazing trip...WOW, what an opportunity!

Garry Wade says …

Visited that area about 17 years ago. What a neat place. Friendly people, excellent shool, and great locally grown food. Would be neat to visit again to see how the area has developed. Spent three days doing studies about native plants and animals at EARTH.

Joel says …

I studied agroforestry in college and believe in the power of this practice to support biodiversity levels in conjunction with food production.

Sylvia Bengisoy says …

Having a small pea-patch, I know the importance of nurturing your body with fruit and vegetables you've grown from the soil. It soothes the soul when you tend your garden and it would be a gift to see young students preparing the soil for their community. I wish we had a community garden at my small medical clinic but I know there are some pea-patch plots in our neighborhood that are tended.

Ron Jeka says …

Friends of mine vacationed in Costa Rica and raved how beautiful it was. I'd love to have the chance to go and glad to have entry to dream of being there!

Michael Walsh says …

Would love to go to Costa Rica and am very interested in learning more about Earth University.

Ellie says …

Sounds just perfect for a health lovin momma of 5!!!!

jennifer sullivan says …

This would be a learning experience we could share with the entire family.

Janice Daniels says …

I would love to pass this sort of experience onto my children. Costa Rica sounds like a wonderful place to visit!

Jeanne Muehlbauer says …

I need a trip away

JoEllen Todd says …

I would love to experience the Whole thing in Costa Rica!

David Curtis says …

sounds great!

Theresa Gordon says …

I would love this trip. Learning about another culture and expeeriencing the food and gathering much needed information and passing it on. We need to save our planet and fast.

Robbie says …

Please count me in and consider me to win to amazing opportunity and trip. It would be such a learning experience, one I am sure that would carry over in many ways.Nothing could be better than visiting a place of such beauty and gaining so much knowledge at the same time. Thank you for this contest!

Margaret Hadam-Hay says …

This sounds amazing! We are big proponents of sustainable / organic farming methods and the like, and would love to experience this first hand. Costa Rica is such an amazing place too boot!

lynn says …

I would love to explore Costa Rica. I like environmentally inspired travel. I also like meeting new people and learning about their culture.

Ravi Grover says …

I've heard that about the eco-friendliness of Costa Rica and have always been interested in visiting it as a destination. An added bonus to visiting would be learning sustainable agriculture in an ideal environment like Costa Rica

Cynthia Russell says …

I have good friends in Costa Rica and would love to see them. They have told me about about the yummy organic coffee, the beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, no army!!, relaxing hot springs, electing a female president, and volcanos and waterfalls. They love it, what is not to like??

Thomas says …

now if there is a whole foods in costa rica, is it like on the beach? :) ~peace thomas :)

Tricia says …

Wow! What a wonderful experience to be bestowed! What a great learning tool to reduce waste, and reduce our carbon footprint! What better way to learn about all these wonderful things but hands-on where we need to be!

Linda Mason says …

This school sounds unbelievably cool! I'd love to visit with my soon to be college age daughter so she can learn first hand what I've been "preaching" about organics/

mary dennis says …

My daughter is studing abroad in San Jose,Costa Rica, and doing weekend trips through out the country. Would love to take her to Earth University to learn more about the Costa Rica business. She loves it there and I might not get her back.

beryl wagner says …

Beryl Wagner: As a high school teacher (retired). The I would receive to help better educate young people on proper eating wuld be invaluable to their future lives. I have the opportunity to influence their behavior and in hopes influencing their parents.

Patel, V says …

Since I grew up in village I had opportunity to see at first hand and had chance to work in a farm in my early life. My children are born in North America, my husband was born and raised in city so they never had chance to experience this in their life. This would be a great opportunity for all of us to experience and help the farmers in Costa Rica. Our children will gain firsthand experience and I am sure they will carry it on for the rest of their lives. One of my son's passions is to become chef. What could be better chance than this to plant a seed in these young minds in early life? Thank you for considering our family. Mrs.Patel

Kathleen Lockwood says …

As a avid cooker I love anything to do with food and new experiences. A trip to Costa Rica would be an awesome adventure to embark on and learn and see all that the future holds for these amazing students who are on the forefront of the organic need for our society! I am there!

Peggy Morris says …

It would be wonderful for my family to experience the beauty of Costa Rica AND learn about sustainable food! We are making an effort to eat healthier. I would love for us to see how a country is doing it and possible bring those skills back to our home.

Gigi Drumright says …

Awesome idea and what better way to teach our younger generation about organic farming. Would love to take my daughter who is a vegetarian and has inspired my whole family to eat better. Thanks.

Almaz Tsehay says …

This would be a fantastic study-abroad alternative. I use organic (fare traded when available) products for the "dirty dozen" items in particular. Would be great to visit Costa Rica and especially the Earth University, which is doing such an important contribution by educating the youngster.

Rich Hrazanek says …

I would like to transition into sustainable farming. This would be a great opportunity. I've had friends who have visited Costa Rica who have told me how beautiful the land is.

Sharland Huffaker says …

I am so glad that there are these wonderful opportunities for people to take part in. Thanks to all those involved in sponsoring the trip. Shari Huffaker

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