Kellogg and Disney Foundations visit EARTH

Filed Under: EARTH News
Date: October 28th, 2016

Last month, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation made a special visit to the Guácimo campus. EARTH was the second stop on their Silver Tour of three different institutions that the Foundation has supported for more than twenty-five years.

During their visit, board members traveled to the nearby community of La Argentina, where they met Ana, a farmer who has worked with EARTH for many years and whose farm has been very positively impacted by that relationship. While on campus, they enjoyed quality time with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholars currently on campus and learned about their student entrepreneurial projects. The board also toured key campus initiatives including the peri-urban farm, renewable energies laboratory, and banana packing plant.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has made far-reaching contributions to social change in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa by providing scholarship support for more than 320 men and women to attend EARTH.

EARTH also welcomed representatives from the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation. Guests were joined by EARTH University Foundation board member, Michael Besancon, and Pioneer graduate, Edilberto Romero (’93, Belize). The group enjoyed presentations about EARTH’s academic model and the work experience program. Their tours included the peri-urban farm, renewable energies laboratory, and banana packing plant as well as the integrated animal production farm, the organic farm, and a community development visit in La Lucha. A special highlight of the visit was a tree planting on the central campus. They departed campus impressed by the determination of EARTH’s students, the dedication of the faculty, and the impact of our model at EARTH and beyond.