We are happy that Dan, from Michigan, returned to Finca Rio Perla for his 3rd visit as an intern. Dan is a gentle person who loves the great outdoors. In Michigan he works as a landscaper and also in construction. Dan arrived in mid-September and left FRP at the end of October. Thanks once again to Dan for his support.
The end of September ushered in the Jewish New Year, and we were blessed to have a visit from Howard, from Canada (at least that is where he is living at the moment). Howard has worked and lived in several "alternative" communities around the world including kibbutz in Israel and ashram in India, and it was great to have him visit Finca Rio Perla for a almost a week. We look forward to a return visit from Howard (and his wife) in a couple of months. Also, Howard has friends at University of Peace, near San Jose, that have recently visited Finca Rio Perla.
In October we had some major transitions with Efrain and Roger leaving FRP. We have had a long association with Efrain (5 years) and Roger (1 year full-time, and some contract work in past years) and we wish them all the best. At least we have some good memories and lots of evidence of their experience at FRP. Vivian, Efrain's wife and Roger's sister left FRP a couple of months ago to be located closer to her parents in a nearby town. Efrain's brother, Jose, who helped train our horses part-time also left FRP recently for a full-time job. We thank Efrain and Vivian and their families (including Vivian's father and sister, who also worked for FRP some times) for their support. Also, an intern, Scott left for greener pastures, after about 4 months at FRP. Scott brought a lot of humor to FRP, and whenever his name is mentioned, everyone laughs. Jajajaja Scott.
We are excited to welcome Esteban and Nestor, who are working with Wilfredo and Miguel. Wilfredo and Miguel have stepped up, along with Sandra to manage the day-to-day farm activities. We also are excited to welcome Freddy, who's familia has a dairy farm in neighboring San Bosco. Freddy, who is bi-lingual and a local Tico dairy farmer and cheese-maker will help in administration and day-to-day communications, and in our farm production and marketing. We think that the FRP team, which also includes Jose our carpenter, Dennis the taxi driver, and Narly our accountant (based in San Jose) is really a great TEAM. FRP and Agro-Eco-Salud La Perla.
The month of October ended with Hannah celebrating her 12th birthday. Although she celebrated her birthday in Miami, she went shopping for presents for her friends at Finca Rio Perla on her special day. As a surprise birthday present, Hannah is coming to Finca Rio Perla right after celebrating Halloween. The goats are waiting for "Hannah the goat-hugger", and the horses and the cows and the chickens, and Pero Pero and Frankie are also all waiting for Hannah, and of course Lauren. Lauren organized a great birthday weekend for Hannah, which including a pizza and painting party with 4 school friends, and her older sister Lea dropped by. It was loud and fun and ended with the shofar blasting at 12 o'clock midnight when Hannah turned 12, and started her 13th year. From tween to teen. Trick or treat???
Anyway, since the new arrangement with the Tico alternative medicine practitioners is supposed to begin soon, we will not talk any more, before the transformation begins. Suffice to say, September and October were busy months of preparation and transition for Finca Rio Perla. And, with a lot of expectations for the future. Pura Vida, Dr. Paulo.