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.