Photographer Todd Shapera is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his ongoing project ‘Cuba – Tobacco Farmers“. To see Todd’s body of work click on any image.
A Cuban tobacco farmer preparing to smoke his hand rolled cigar
A Cuban farmer with his oxen planting a field of yucca at the base of the mountains Near Vinales
Luca Castillo Perez His grandfather, Luca Castillo, helped supply Fidel Castro when he was hiding here in the mountains.
Our fresh ground coffee beans were placed in this filter and dripping on Nancy’s stove.
Cuban tobacco farmers load racks of freshly harvested leaves onto carts hauled by oxen Near Vinales
With scant resources for machinery and chemical fertilizers, most Cubans farm small plots with oxen and human labor.
TheNew York Times has called it “a rare oasis of organic and sustainable agriculture.”
As Cuban agriculture slowly modernizes it may have profound consequences for “the soul of Cuban agriculture” , the Times stated.
A Cuban farmer planting yucca Near Vinales
The Cuban farm of Domingo Beancourt Lederma Near Chile cooperative outside Vinales
A Cuban tobacco farmer and his wife of 17 years Near Vinales
A Cuban farmer grinds fresh coffee beans in his work shed Near Vinales
Santa Domingo Settlement Sierra Maestra Mountains
Tobacco farms Vinales Valley
A country farmstead selling pineapple, bananas and tobacco Near Vinales