Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA,
17 April 2008
Eight Sustainable Living students and faculty member Alex Kachan recently visited southern Florida to study exotic tropical fruit production—the first time this course has been offered.
The venue was a successful 150-acre tropical fruit and bamboo farm in Homestead, Florida, owned and operated by Kiki and Marc Ellenby, longtime teachers of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Technique.
The Ellenbys had invited students to come, and Dean of Faculty Cathy Gorini and Sustainable Living Department Head David Fisher took them up on their offer and formulated the course. The goal was to provide the students academic knowledge, expose them to top experts, and let them perform hands-on farm work.
‘The Ellenbys really went out of their way to provide us with the best possible learning experience and an enjoyable stay,’ Mr. Kachan said. ‘Both were very knowledgeable about every aspect of cultivating and marketing tropical fruits.’
They also arranged many field trips, from the famous Everglades and Fair-child Botanical Gardens to local nurseries and related businesses, and introduced the students to fascinating and inspiring people in this industry.
A highlight was a visit to Glaser Organic Farms, run by Stan and Tracy Glaser, who hosted the students for a satisfying raw-food/vegan lunch and pie, and gave them a tour of their farm and business operation that caters to vegans.
The course is to be offered again next year.
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