“There is a big demand that needs to be met, which is why we are able to sell everything we grow,” said Salcines, one of the founders of the cooperative, which now covers a total of 10.14 hectares and produces more than 230 different crop varieties (primarily garden vegetables, as well as some fruits, grains and tubers) in greenhouses and open fields.
The farm is unique in that the agriculture sector in Cuba is depressed and the country had to import $1.6B in produce last year to meet demand. It's a sign that agriculture in Cuba can work and the country can become more self-sufficient.
What also makes the farm unique, with its 195 employees, is that it's run professionally and with the employees in mind - flexible hours, good wages, and career growth - all of which encourages pride in the organization and its products. Further, the coop is training the next generation of farmers on how to run an agricultural enterprise and be good at it according to this article from TierraAmerica.
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