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Cuban Farmers

Todd Shapera | Cuba

Organization: Todd Shapera Photography

A tobacco farm in Cuba's Vinales, Valley.

With scant resources for machinery and chemical fertilizers, Cuban farmers have had to survive by farming small plots with oxen and human labor.

 An unintended benefit of these lean decades has been evolving into “a rare oasis of organic and sustainable agriculture,” a NYTimes story stated.

As Cuban agriculture slowly modernizes, it may have profound consequences for  "the soul of Cuban agriculture" , the Times stated.

To discover a slice of this Cuban soul, between April 2016 andd February 2018, I've cycled and hiked three mountaint ranges in western, central and easthern Cuba, photographing the farmers I've met along the way.  The project is ongoing.


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