Student, EARTH University
José Carlos Rodríguez Mejías 29 years old
Grew up in the countryside of Costa Rica in a small town called Hojancha, Guanacaste. Surrounded by forest, timber plantation, coffee plantation and small livestock activities. He Comes from a family dedicated to timber plantations and forest conservation as support activities, his mother worked in education in a local high school, and his father in the forestry department of the government. José got a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ITCR (Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica), worked as financial adviser in a small farmers association in his town, working with them he found his passion for agriculture and rural development. Currently he is in his fourth year of agriculture sciences at EARTH University, during his 3 first years he was part of a team that planed, operated, and evaluated a business project about marmalades and dehydrated fruit, using discard fruit from export companies. With his family he has started a agro ecological reserve and a foundation dedicated to improve agriculture in his region.