Maggie's Cuban Crisis

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Varadero has an endless and exquisite white-sand beach spotted with palms, and turquoise seas Photo: Photolibrary

Cuba: Journey to the provincial heart

"Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?

Cuba Organica  Most Cuban farms on state-owned land are required to send a share of crops to institutions such as schools or nursing homes.

Cuba Organica Most Cuban farms on state-owned land are required to send a share of crops to institutions such as schools or nursing homes.

Cuba: Journey to the provincial heart  Lydia Bell sets out on a road trip, accompanied by her husband, assorted hitchhikers and a pig.

Cuba: Journey to the provincial heart

Cuba: Journey to the provincial heart Lydia Bell sets out on a road trip, accompanied by her husband, assorted hitchhikers and a pig.

Cuba Organica  Produce from Cuban farms is sold in markets within a day of being harvested.

Cuba Organica Produce from Cuban farms. We will eat so much tropical produce, yum!

Cuba Organica  Vermicomposting stations are covered.

Cuba Organica Vermicomposting stations are covered.

Cuba Organica  Cuban schoolchildren visit a local farm.

Cuba Organica Cuban schoolchildren visit a local farm.

Cuba Organica  Some Cuban farmers can harvest as many as a dozen crops a day.

Cuba Organica Some Cuban farmers can harvest as many as a dozen crops a day.

De Facto Organic by Christine Grillo    Sometimes hunger is the mother of invention.    In 1991, when Cuba lost its comradely support from the collapsing Soviet Union, the island country faced a sudden food crisis. It had no choice but to reinvent its agriculture. Once a sugar crop monoculture, this socialist nation now puts mostly organic, sustainably farmed fruits and vegetables on Cuban tables 365 days a year.

De Facto Organic by Christine Grillo Sometimes hunger is the mother of invention. In 1991, when Cuba lost its comradely support from the collapsing Soviet Union, the island country faced a sudden food crisis. It had no choice but to reinvent its agriculture. Once a sugar crop monoculture, this socialist nation now puts mostly organic, sustainably farmed fruits and vegetables on Cuban tables 365 days a year.

Cuba Organica  Although not labeled as such, most locally grown Cuban produce is de facto organic, i.e., grown without pesticide or petrochemical fertilizers.

Cuba Organica Although not labeled as such, most locally grown Cuban produce is de facto organic, i., grown without pesticide or petrochemical fertilizers.

Cuba Organica  Organopónicos (systems of urban organic gardens) provide much of the food in Cuba.

Cuba Organica Organopónicos (systems of urban organic gardens) provide much of the food in Cuba.

Because of limited land in urban areas, and to increase productivity, crops are planted close together.

Because of limited land in urban areas, and to increase productivity, crops are planted close together.

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