Our next summer story of sustainability comes from Vice President of Programming Megan Yoder. Over the summer, Megan spent five weeks in Ecuador and worked with the Botanical Garden of Quito. She helped the researchers there cultivate orchids and crops being grown for a biological laboratory. She also harvested barley, wheat, beans, and oats. Being in Ecuador also gave Megan a look at a country with 14 different ecosystems! (That’s more than the entire United States in 1/35th the area!) Northern parts of the Andes have cacti while Quito is cold and rainy. Ecuador also has the highest diversity of orchid species and is the number one exporter of roses. So not only did Megan contribute to the sustainability of Ecuador, she learned a lot about the country too! Nice job, Megan!