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“Green” Expo Teaches Sustainable Practices While Mixing Cultures

By Giordano Ciampini

This past Saturday December 8th saw the 2nd year of the Sustainable Nosara Exposition, a gathering of artisans, educators, performers and the community to support and reaffirm sustainable practices and products which make Nosara the Eco-Mecca it has become.

Although heat and humidity were high, it didn't keep the community from coming out to see a series of displays, of both products and services as well as games, theatre and dance.

“I think it went great,” said organizer Jessica Sheffield. “It's actually a step up from last year, there's more people, more activities, more stands. We definitely want to improve each year.”

Artist and vendor Amilka Palacio was especially fond of the presence of the Costa Rican native instrument, the marimba.

"By tradition," he said. "It is part of me, it's part of my culture and I like a lot that they included Costa Rica typical music at a small private school with a more American (education) system, it looks like they mixed the two cultures."

As the sounds of the band and their trademark marimba floated through the air, expo attendees were treated to two troupes of traditional dancers, while in other parts of the field boys and girls were kicking around soccer balls, vying for the chance at a Costa Rican Red Cross trophy.


Amongst the crowds milling around the Del Mar Academy property, people stopped to snack on some sweets, meats, and other treats at the food court. All of the dishes were served on organic and biodegradable items ranging from paper cups to banana leaves, and edible corn tortillas.

“I hope that they just see everything that's happening and want to participate,” said Sheffield. “Nosara is going to become a model sustainable community both within Costa Rica and the world, but we need the participation of every person here.”


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