31 July 2009
Urban agriculture: the Cuban example
This is a good BBC video which looks at the urban market gardens of Havana, Cuba. The presenter makes the point that there is nothing going on in Cuba that could not be replicated by most gardeners in Britain - it is just on a larger scale, that´s all. Attempts have been made in the UK to set up urban smallholdings as this video shows, but by and large they all tend to vanish once the initial enthusiasm has worn off.
Will the same thing happen in Cuba when the American blockade is finally lifted? Nothing is ever certain when looking to the future, but the chances are that Cuban urban farming will disappear once cheap food starts to be imported.
Only the middle class romanticises the urban farmstead. Actually as the video shows, the work is long and hard, and thus it is much easier to pop along to the local supermarket and pull something off the shelves.
Which is pretty much what Cubans did before the Russians sold them out back in 1990.