Media Luna Agro-Ecological Comprehensive Farm
This Cooperative was also classed as a Center of National Reference for Urban and Suburban Agriculture
Photo and text by Félix Rubén Alomá
The agriculturist Elena Castellano Rosales, who works at the Media Luna Agro-Ecological Comprehensive Farm, belonging to the Gabriel Valiente Cooperative of Credits and Services (CCS) in Eastern Havana, said that the presence of 14 fruit species in different farms in Havana is trying to promote the beginning of a project that defends the agro-diversity in the periphery of
At present, the largest cultivations are guava, avocado and mango, the last one has six varieties.
The Media Luna Agro-Ecological Comprehensive Farm has been a profitable entity since its foundation, and this year it was awarded the Double Excellence for Urban Agriculture Recognition.
At present, the largest cultivations are guava, avocado and mango
According to the agriculturist the systematic pruning and the use of living coverage, that includes the sowing of sweet potato, pumpkin and beans in places where the soil is unprotected, are part of the agro-ecological techniques used in these lands to help a better development of the trees.
This Cooperative was also classed as a Center of National Reference for Urban and Suburban Agriculture. So, they are working at present on the creation of a bank of plants to make the procedure of obtaining saplings for the producers easier.
She also referred to the fact that the cost of buying saplings of fruit trees is high and they aren’t always tough and healthy, that is why the cooperative is trying to create economic alternatives and helping to create conditions to diversify production.
Thus, the Media Luna Agro-Ecological Comprehensive Farm has a mixed system of production in transit towards a model of agro-ecological production, where the use of the external consumables are reduced, using organic fertilizer and other sustainable techniques, to boost the richness of the soil without affecting the environment.