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Celebrate the Summer Months with Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Try These Grilled Pineapple Recipes This Summer

The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, and there’s no better way to soak it up than spending time outdoors. Don’t limit your outdoor time to relaxing in the pool, getting active, and fishing – get cooking outside too, with grilled pineapple!

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Why Gen Z Should Choose a Career in Agriculture

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The Benefits of Starting A Career In Agriculture at a Young Age

In the lush green fields of Costa Rica, Costa Rican farmers carry a deep love for the land – growing popular crops like coffee and pineapple and putting Costa Rica on the map of global agriculture.

Yet, today, the Ukraine-Russia war and the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted food supply chains across the globe. Food prices will continue to rise in 2022, according to the head of Cargill Inc., who also underlined labor shortages as one of the biggest risks facing the industry.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of starting an agriculture career early in life.

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Why Does Soil Matter for Pineapples?

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We often forget that we are all part of a larger web of life. Everything that surrounds us, and everything that we see or do not see, is part of a larger ecosystem that is more interconnected and interrelated than we believe. While soil is not always within our sight or as aesthetically appealing as trees or other living creatures, it plays a huge role in the life cycle and functioning of the ecosystem as a whole and is essential to sustaining life on Earth.


The reality for the world we currently live in today is that soil is also our best ally in combating climate change and ensuring food security. The threat of soil erosion poses risks to our own livelihoods, as agricultural activities can often exceed the rate at which new soils can form in a fast-paced world.

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Pineapple Production in Costa Rica

Pineapple Season

Why Pineapple Production Increases in the Fall

While Costa Rica produces coffee, bananas, and other short-cycle crops, other than tourism, year-round pineapple production is the most vital piece of Costa Rica’s economy. In fact, Costa Rica is the largest producer and exporter of pineapples in the world. No less than 90% of the pineapples consumed in the United States come from this small country of just over 5 million people. But did you know that pineapple supply increases in the fall?

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Celebrating The Day of Masquerade

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Parade with the giants of Chamony, Barva
(By Sol Araya)

Let’s Talk The Day of Masquerade

When you hear the word “Halloween”, thoughts of sugary candies, costumes, and scary movies come to mind. Here in America, we try to stretch out spooky season for as long as we can, but not everyone celebrates Halloween the same way. In Costa Rica, October 31st is the Day of Masquerade. This day is filled with elaborate masks, culture, music, and lively parades!

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Feliz Navidad! How We Celebrate Christmas in Costa Rica

Festival de la Luz in San José | Photo via Festival de la Luz

Horse Parades, Pork Tamales, and Trips to the Beach Are Just Some of the Ways Costa Ricans Enjoy the Holiday Season

The month of December is marked with plenty of holiday celebrations in Costa Rica. From vibrant festivals to traditional Christmas Eve feasts, there are plenty of reasons to be in high spirits this time of year. If you can’t make it down to Costa Rica this December, don’t fret – we’re taking you with us on a virtual tour of some of the country’s biggest and best holiday festivities.

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Celebrating Día de la Mascarada in Costa Rica

Día de la Mascarada
Photo by Marcela Bertozzi, via Sercano

From Parades to Papier Mâché Masks, Here’s How to Celebrate Halloween the Costa Rican Way

Halloween may be the best-known holiday held on the 31st of October, but in Costa Rica we have our own traditions. Día de la Mascarada, or Day of the Masquerade, is an annual celebration that blends Spanish and Costa Rican tradition into a unique holiday. With Costa Rican music playing and costumed characters dancing through the streets, the day is full of festivities – and a few spooks, too.

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An Introduction to Costa Rica’s Diverse Wildlife

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Why Sustainability and Environmentalism Is So Important in Costa Rica

At Chestnut Hill Farms, we take pride in the process. We take time to prepare the earth for planting, to harvest by hand, and to make sure our people and our environment are protected – all while producing the perfect pineapple. That includes caring for over 275 hectares of natural rainforest that surrounds our farm, offsetting our carbon footprint and giving a home to just some of the amazing wildlife that lives here in Costa Rica. Despite representing only .3% of the world’s total surface area, our beautiful country is home to 5% of its biodiversity. From birds and sloths to tapirs and jaguars, our rainforests host an impressive variety of animals. To get to know some of our animal neighbors, read on.

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How Chestnut Hill Farms Partner The Fructus Foundation is Creating Change in Costa Rica

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From Scholarships to Business Opportunities, The Fructus Foundation is Supporting Our Costa Rican Community

As a company, one of our core values is giving back. We’re always looking for new ways to support our community through both sustainability efforts and social programs. That’s why we’re proud to be long-time partners of The Fructus Foundation, or Fundación Fruktus, a local charity established in Costa Rica. This group works to implement a wide variety of programs in the country, from developing infrastructure to providing scholarships to supporting local low-income families. Through their initiatives, they seek to build and support sustainable communities while creating opportunities for the future. Read on to discover just some of the fantastic projects The Fructus Foundation completed in 2019, as well as some of the goals it has planned for 2020.

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Putting Community First: How Chestnut Hill Farms Gives Back

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Chestnut Hill Farms Donates Almost 70,000lbs of Pineapple to Food Banks

At Chestnut Hill Farms, we believe in putting people first. During this pandemic and beyond, we have strived to give back to our community at every opportunity. Through partnerships with organizations across Costa Rica and the United States, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we’re eager to continue supporting our people, our communities, and our futures.

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