The everyday turns spectacular. I needed to combat cabin fever so I headed out for a drive in my favorite farmland. Corn remains in a few fields; six-feet stalks waiting to be slashed and sorted before the first frosts. The sun began to set in the midst of my drive and a world I didn’t know existed bloomed outside my windshield. Flocks of birds swooped through the crops in search of a night cap; young horse riders returned to the barn; and the sky burst into saturated colors worthy of a Rothko painting.
Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available now from PAPress.