Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies.
With fuel, fertilizers and pesticides disappearing overnight, citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space—on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country's vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Join professor Carey Clouse for the story behind the innovative design strategies and the social, political and environmental factors that shaped this pioneering farming program.
Carey Clouse is an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UMass Amherst.
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Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up
Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 12 pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Price: from $21.00
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