Culture, Community, and Health [Monteverde Institute]

Alternative Title

Huerta keyhole: Una clave para la salud nutricional




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Publication Date

August 2014


Economic transformations have had consequences for nutrition and health in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica (Himmelgreen et al, 2013). A rapid shift from agriculture to a mixed economy based on tourism continues to morph the nature of the community (Himmelgreen, 2013). As a result of the shift to ecotourism, many in Monteverde suffer from varying levels of food insecurity (Himmelgreen, 2006). The Community Health and Globalization Field School is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and organized by the University of South Florida and the Monteverde Institute. This year’s researchers explored the role of home gardens in addressing food security issues, community perceptions of healthy food, solid waste management and gardening, utilizing methods from the disciplines of anthropology and engineering. This project built on the foundation of last year's research project, which culminated in the construction of two keyhole gardens on the Monteverde Institute grounds, the first of their kind in the Monteverde zone. As suggested by last year's research team, this year the garden was constructed in partnership with an organization for the elderly and disabled. Researchers worked on adapting the keyhole garden design to better suit the needs of this community organization by taking into consideration the needs of the elderly and/or physically disabled.


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Miniature gardens, Keyhole garden, Community Heal, 2014

Palabras claves

Jardines Miniatura, Huerta keyhole, Salud Comunitaria 2014


37 pages

Geographic Location

Monteverde (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)

Holding Location

Monteverde Institute



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Digital Only



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Keyhole garden: A key to nutritional health, August 2014



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