Sustainable Organic Farming In Cabrera – Out In The Fields – Part 2

Growing Up On The Organic Farm

Growing Up On The Organic Farm

There is more fresh organic fruits and vegetables growing out in the fields of little local family farms than we could ever eat around Cabrera.  It is so plentiful that if you get to know your neighbors then you are likely to come home from your visits with your harms loaded.  This is the second post with two more videos taking you with us on our visit to one of the little family farms in the hills over Cabrera.  In this series of videos we head out into the fields to see the most amazing combination of fruits and vegetables, all growing together in very dense plantings.  It seems that they have one crop or another planted on every square foot of this organic farm.  What is amazing to me is that they produce tons of food every year without machinery, fertilizers, pesticides or any of the other “necessities” to grow similar crops in the US or Canada.

Auyama, Like a tasty squash

Auyama, Like a tasty squash

Heck, even the water supply for the entire irrigation system covering the entire 30 acre farm is totally gravity fed.  No need for electricity or fossil fuels to continue to produce an abundance of food.

In these videos you will see why we are so amazed at the level of production for such a small farm and all done manually.  Imagine, okra up to a foot long.  Sweet potatoes up to 30 to 40 pounds.  Tons of avocados hanging from the trees……

 

In this first video we take a look at the water system feeding the irrigation for the entire farm, all gravity driven.  We also peek into one of the outdoor kitchens to check out how most of the Dominican farmers, and many of the expats, prefer to cook on outdoor wood fired ovens in outdoor kitchens.

 

In the next video we put on some rubber boots and head out into the fields to check out what is growing in these fertile soils.  You will notice that something is planted everywhere.  Crops mixed in with each other.  All producing very large fruits and vegetables.  All grown without equipment, fertilizers and pesticides.  Harvested year round due to the tropical climate and rich soils.  Organic farming at its most natural.

 

We hope you have enjoyed our little trip up into the farming country to pay a visit to one of our local farmers and his family.  What you have seen in these videos is very typical of the types of family farms you will finds surrounding Cabrera.  The foods produced by these farms are for self consumption or to supply the local stores and restaurants.  This is why I am so confident that we will never go hungry in this area of the North Coast.  These little family farms produce far more than can ever be consumed locally and much of it even goes to waste, only to replenish the soils for the next season or the next crop.

Many of the expats or potential expats we meet down here are planning or are in the process of planting their own sustainable gardens.  What they don’t grow for themselves will certainly be available inexpensively locally due to the many family farms in the area.

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Juan J.M. January 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Absolutely spectacular. Most definitely a true model of sustainable organic farming and living. Kudos to you Barry. Great post. Juan J. Apopka, fl.

Barry January 10, 2015 at 2:32 am

Thanks Juan
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john January 13, 2015 at 2:38 am

One of the reasons for me living here was this .Self sustainable organic food in abundance.Being in the campo or countryside on weekends is one of the best things that i like to do.Exploring different áreas of this wonderful country has been something which i always enjoy, plus meeting and sharing with the locals.
I hope that these videos inspire many to come and see this amazing place which keeps getting better and better for me.Regards jb

Barry January 13, 2015 at 4:40 am

It’s our family of friends that also make it a home. That includes you and Anna and the group we’re bringing here. That is the group that wants to belong to a better less stressful way of living realizing western culture is an illusion. But everyone of us creates their own reality.

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Kalin February 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm

This is the real deal, Barry. Leave surfing and the other entertainments to the rest. We appreciate your videos. I hope one day we can speak the language like Johnnie there. He seems to have it mastered.

Barry February 2, 2015 at 4:22 am

He sure does and although its really not a game changer if you don’t.Really all you need is a good basic vocabulary and then understanding of the verbs that’s about it.

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