Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Organic Urban Farming in La Habana, Cuba

On a recent trip to La Habana, Cuba I got the pleasure of meeting a wonderful organic urban farmer named Lalo. He and another farmer share the labour on an approx 1 acre city farm plot in Centro Habana. Their products are sold in a farmers market stall attached to the plot as well as in neighbouring markets. They raise mostly lettuces, spinach, onions, garlic, shallots, herbs etc - products that take up minimal space or that can be harvested multiple times. Their market also sells fresh squeezed orange juice (where Lalo's wife works), a carnicero (butcher) sells meat - mostly pork as Cubans do not have access to beef, and they also sell medicinal and ornamental plants. We spent the day discussing vegetables, food, soil, composting, plants, nature, ecology, organics, urban litter, pest control, weed back (see Lalo's back brace), markets and many other things. Where my Spanish failed, hand gestures succeeded. It was amazing to share stories, methods, techniques and a meal with such an interesting, knowledgeable and passionate man.  Here are some pictures from a truly inspiring day. I hope we meet again.  - Lainie

Monday, February 6, 2012

Vive Montreal Vive le Quebec! dinner

The dinner at the Dep is sold out already...but here is a link to the menu and our inspiration for it.  Prairie Boy Montreal inspired dinner

Hope to see those who missed out on tix at the next one.