Fresh organic foods and abundant gravity fed water are two of my criteria for an ideal place to weather any storm, whether it be an economic collapse or worse. As I have mentioned many times, around here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, the soil is fertile and most plants flourish. Heck, we make fences down here out of sticks crammed haphazardly in the ground, and within a few monthes even the fences are growing. Many of the families living here, expats included, grow some or all of their meats, poultry, vegetables and fruits right on their homestead. Because of the year round temperate climate and fertile soils, most of us have a steady supply of edibles year round.
It is amazing all you can grow on even a small plot of land, but in this series of four videos we take a ride up in the hills to the farm of a local family we know. I think the farm we visited is on a little over 30 acres, but in addition to growing or raising food for their extended family, they also produce tons of food for local markets and restaurants each year. As you will see in this series of videos, they literally have something edible growing or grazing on every square foot of this family farm. And the great thing about it, they do this all without tractors or other large machinery, without fertilizers, without pesticides….. all natural and by hand.
Liane and I are in the process of planning our one acre homesite and gardens and there is much to be learned from these local farmers about the natural way of doing things down here. Because they layer their crops and are able to grow in high density with no chemicals and no machinery, a single family could easily produce most of what they need on an acre or less of well planned gardens, including ….
pretty much all the chicken, eggs, fruits and vegetables you could ever eat. And of course, there is no shortage of the freshest fish you could eat just down the hill at the cove where the local fishermen bring their catch in each day.
In this first video, we hop in the care and head out onto progressively narrow roads to work our way up to this family farm. We take a look at the fields along the way and just a few of food that is growing there.
In the second video we check out the goats and one or two of the outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens are very popular with both the locals and the expats. We spend much of our year outdoors instead of cooped up in the house and the outdoor kitchen is just one more way to do that no matter what weather.
In the next couple videos in our next post we will check out how they can irrigate the entire 30 acre farm with no electricity and also get our feet dirty as we walk through the fields and orchards to check out many of the organic foods they are producing. Once you see the size of the fruits and vegetables I think you will be impressed and keep in mind that this whole farm runs with virtually no machinery, no chemicals, no fertilizers and no pesticides… All by hand. I saw okra up to a foot long. I saw sweet potatoes up to 30 or 40 pounds. I saw trees loaded with avocados and dozens of other fruits and vegetables… some of which I have never seen before.