Self Sustainable Farming For Expats In Cabrera Dominican Republic

Jose Shares Artifact Found on River

Jose Shares Artifact Found on River

Hi guys.  Barry in DR.  It is interesting how many people on the free Discovery Tour have shown some interest in buying a little land so that they can have a small family farm once they retire here.  I think I understand that, given the fact that the two key staples of life, food and water, are far more vulnerable to major disruption in the cities of America, Canada and Europe.  Think about it, the production and distribution of food and water in these cities are almost totally dependent on a functioning power grid, which we all know is vulnerable.  Here in Cabrera in the Dominican Republic, we are also somewhat dependent on our power grid to some extent…. but with just a little planning, we are not so much dependent for food and water, or even power for short term disruptions.  Many of us expats living on the ridge line overlooking the Atlantic get our water from gravity fed water sources from higher up on the mountain ridges.  And fresh organic fruits and vegetables are growing and abundant everywhere here.  Even with a lower vulnerability though, it makes all the sense in the world to grab a little extra land for a small family farm while the land is still affordable.

In today’s video I thought it might be interesting to introduce you to a local farmer here in the Cabrera area, and one of my best local friends… Jose.  In future videos we will tour some of his simple farming and beekeeping operations so that you can see how passive farming can be in an area where even the fence posts grow like a weed and where a simple walk beside a local river or stream can fill your bag full of the freshest free fruits on earth, but today we will just get acquainted.

I am sure Jose’s love for the Cabrera area and the abundance of food, nature and healthy activities will come across in this interview.  Seriously folks, its like stepping back to a better time and place where family still matters and the good life comes at a slower, less stressful pace.

Sorry for the wind noise in the microphone, but maybe that will help demonstrate exactly why most of us expats up on the ridge lines and cliffs overlooking the ocean never bother with the cost or aggravation of air conditioning in our homes.  You almost always have the cooling breezes off the Atlantic to keep you comfortable.  For now, it’s Barry in the DR.




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