Fernando & Pepe
The center has been running for many years developing and promulgating techniques for the preservation of roots, tubers, vegetables, fruits and herbs through drying, fermentation and pickling, having produced many publications including videos, books and pamphlets and even a radio show.
Books and pamphlets on food preservation
Food preservation educational posters
Afterwards we drove on to visit the Finca Marta about 30 minutes west of Havana where we were given a tour of an integrated farm which consisted of an apiary, vermiculture, cattle, vegetables and orchard trees.
Finca Marta planting bedsFernando and his wife Claudia owns the improvements on the land while the owner, now in his 90s, still owns the land. We saw a biodigester where manure from cattle is used to generate gas for cooking in the house. Plans are to increase the size of the biogas facility so as to generate electricity. Fernando is planning on developing the finca as an education and research center and is working with local farmers and the municipality along the lines of regional community development.
Bolivian delegation members at Finca Marta, from left to right: Orlando, Limbert, Marlen & Liz
Finca Marta view looking east towards Havana
Bee box materials
Inspecting the hand dug well
The original and current land owner
Steer manure biogas digester
Shade cloth greenhouse for vegetable starts
Fernandito watering the aspagargus!