Chrysta Beck, a 2014 Pettisville High School graduate, traveled to Costa Rica in June with 64 other FFA members and advisors from around the country with ambitions of future careers in agriculture. The trip is won through competition of National Proficiency and Star American Award finalists. Chrysta’s group toured a coffee plantation, a pineapple plantation, a banana farm, a beef farm, and a dairy farm plus did many activities in the natural reserves of Costa Rica.
By visiting theses farms, Chrysta was able to learn about Costa Rican agriculture, such as that pineapple gets all of its nutrients from water and air and doesn’t need soil to grow, although it is raised in soil for convenience. She also learned about the different standards that other countries have for products being exported. Also, most of their work is done with hand labor and older equipment.
Chrysta went on a hike through the rainforest, and learned about its different features. She also went white water rafting, zip lining, and participated in several cultural activities. Although she participated in all of these activities, Chrysta said that what she enjoyed the most about the trip was getting to experience a new culture and meet new people. She surprised by the diversity of crops and that many natural preserves are privately owned but must have public access. This trip was an outstanding opportunity given her by the National FFA.
Pettisville FFA Reporter