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Reusing Empty Lots for Agriculture in Havana

Photo by Melissa Garcia Lamarca.

More than 200 gardens in Havana that supply more than 90 percent of residents’ fruit and vegetables

By Melissa Garcia Lamarca.
Aug 3, 2012


If you drink a mojito in Havana, there’s a chance that the mint it contains came from the Alamar nursery on the outskirts of the city. The 27-acre Vivero Alamar is one of Cuba’s most successful neighborhood-managed, worker-owned cooperative urban organic farms. It began in 1997 when Miguel Angel Salcines López, a mid-level Ministry of Agriculture agronomist and the co-op’s current president, asked to use a nine-acre plot of abandoned “waste land.”

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