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Project January 31, 2013

Organic Agriculture and Cooperative Farming in Cuba

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At Organoponico Vivero Alamar in Havana, Cuba, a farm worker follows behind a team of oxen as they traverse the red dirt road that runs through the main part of the farm. Oxen are still used as the main source of labor for activities like hauling and plowing, just one of many old-fashioned, organic and sustainable practices used at the farm. Image by Rachel Southmayd. Havana, Cuba, 2013.

Cuba is changing. While there is still limited access to resources like food and other amenities, some regulations are loosening and many see promise in the future.

This project explores life on a sustainable farm in Havana where workers' yearly wages are higher than those of government employees. Organoponico Vivero Alamar is an urban, sustainable, organic farm that feeds a significant portion of its surrounding community.

How does this model work, and is it possible to replicate it in other parts of the world where farming is a dying business? Kassondra Cloos and Rachel Southmayd focus on Organoponico Vivero Alamar while also observing daily life in the country that has been cut off from much of the world for decades.

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