Cuba Select Travel in its continuing efforts to promote and support responsible tourism are offering travellers the opportunity to experience Cuba’s organic food movement where the emphasis is on urban agriculture farm projects aimed at taking thousands of poorly utilized areas, mainly around Havana, and turning them into intensive vegetable gardens. Planting in the city instead of only in the countryside reduces the need for transportation, refrigeration, and other scarce resources. These farms known as ‘organoponicos’ or market gardens are farmed by families or small groups, do not use chemical pesticides, have raised container beds with a high ratio of compost to soil and intensive planting, growing and providing vegetables, herbs, and spices directly to the public. In terms of improving the diet of the population it has had a beneficial effect. Organiponicos are the most visible part of Cuba's unique answer to a very serious problem – how to feed its people.
Other offshoots from these projects include helping to reduce the cost of importing food, and being experts in techniques like worm composting and bio pesticides, worms and worm farm technology is now a Cuban export. Equally, the Cuban example could be applied anywhere with the same results seems to be a bit of an oversimplification, but there is much to be learned from what has happened in Cuba. Urban farming is possible and can have many benefits to local communities around the world. Using our media resources we will be promoting programmes to the world travel industry offering more travellers the opportunity to visit these projects where they can work as volunteers on the farms, as well as making donations of essential equipment. If you would like to have further information about these projects please contact us. We look forward to hearing from the public and the travel industry.