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Havana: World Capital of Urban Farming?

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The Buena Vista Growers Club: the new book Farming Cuba explores Cuban's urban farming movement.
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  Farming Cuba: Carrot Harvest
At the Vivero Alamar organopónico in Havana, growers harvest carrots that have been grown without pesticides or herbicides, instead using compost tea, mushroom rhizomes, artisanal pest control products, and permaculture strategies such as intercropping. 
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    Farming Cuba: Carrot Harvest

    At the Vivero Alamar organopónico in Havana, growers harvest carrots that have been grown without pesticides or herbicides, instead using compost tea, mushroom rhizomes, artisanal pest control products, and permaculture strategies such as intercropping.

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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  Farming Cuba: Nelson, a Cuban Farmer
This rooftop grower employs  permaculture techniques to support 40 guinea pigs, 6 chickens, two turkeys, and over a hundred rabbits on a 68m2 rooftop. He sells this meat to area restaurants and markets, which then provide him with the food scraps he uses to feed the animals.
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    Farming Cuba: Nelson, a Cuban Farmer

    This rooftop grower employs permaculture techniques to support 40 guinea pigs, 6 chickens, two turkeys, and over a hundred rabbits on a 68m2 rooftop. He sells this meat to area restaurants and markets, which then provide him with the food scraps he uses to feed the animals.

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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  Farming Cuba: Organipónico 3
A co-operative farmer sows seeds using a repurposed water bottle.
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    Farming Cuba: Organipónico 3

    A co-operative farmer sows seeds using a repurposed water bottle.

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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  Farming Cuba: Organipónico 5
Signage at an urban farm in Havana.
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    Farming Cuba: Organipónico 5

    Signage at an urban farm in Havana.

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  Farming Cuba: Havana Cityscape
Havana's urban fabric features front yards, rear yards, balconies, rooftops, vacant lots, and public parks—all useful surfaces for growing urban food.
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    Farming Cuba: Havana Cityscape

    Havana's urban fabric features front yards, rear yards, balconies, rooftops, vacant lots, and public parks—all useful surfaces for growing urban food.

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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  Farming Cuba: Oxen Working the Land
Oxen replaced tractors in the Special Period, and remain common in Havana today. This team is working at the Vivero Alamar organopónico in Havana.
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    Farming Cuba: Oxen Working the Land

    Oxen replaced tractors in the Special Period, and remain common in Havana today. This team is working at the Vivero Alamar organopónico in Havana.

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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  Farming Cuba: Greenhouse in Havana
Using biopesticides, companion planting, pest-resistant crops, and mesh greenhouses to protect young plants, Cuba has ushered in ‘the largest conversion from conventional agriculture to organic or semi-organic farming that the world has ever known.’
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    Farming Cuba: Greenhouse in Havana

    Using biopesticides, companion planting, pest-resistant crops, and mesh greenhouses to protect young plants, Cuba has ushered in ‘the largest conversion from conventional agriculture to organic or semi-organic farming that the world has ever known.’

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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  Farming Cuba: Biopesticide Expert
This biopesticide expert, working at a cooperative farm in Havana, combats pests with artisanal pesticides made on site. 

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    Farming Cuba: Biopesticide Expert

    This biopesticide expert, working at a cooperative farm in Havana, combats pests with artisanal pesticides made on site.

    Photo provided by Carey Clouse

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