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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, most Cubans farm small plots with oxen and human labor.

The New York Times  has called it “a rare oasis of organic and sustainable agriculture.”

As Cuban agriculture slowly modernizes (there is a rare tractor in the first photo of this gallery) 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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