Monday, March 4, 2024

The family, the best seed of Evelio

The road that separates the seat of the municipality of Martí in the province of Matanzas and the Evelio Agroecological Farm becomes more violent after passing ten kilometers. Upon arrival, the view amidst the intricate scenery is breathtaking.

It is even more incredible to believe that the rural beauty of the three caballerias of land attached to the property attached to the Ciro Redondo Credit and Services Cooperative is the work of a producer and his two children. Ten years ago, Alfredo and his teenage sons embarked on a journey to diversify production in the lands where the marabou reigned as king of the landscape.

The Family, The Best Seed Of Evelio
The attention to detail in each planting or breeding area is evident in Evelio. Photo: Héctor Naranjo.

“I always have a very clear goal in the field: to produce fruit for my family and the country. There is no rest here, but we always try to do things as best as possible in order to find more products,” emphasizes Alfredo García Alfonso, who describes himself as more of a breeder than a producer.

“It’s difficult, but at the same time it’s not too difficult. The three of us work together and share the tasks, which makes the production a little easier. “I study, but I don’t stop helping them,” said Osney, one of the Alfredo’s twin son.

About 400 cows of their different types contributed to the results of the area, and even contributed to the municipal fairs. The extension of aquaculture farming with tilapia that is more than six months from the beginning is bearing fruit, while every animal food that is produced comes from the efforts of these three men.

The Family, The Best Seed Of Evelio
The family and the love of its members promote the productive diversity of the elaborate farm in the north of the province of Matanzas. Photo: Héctor Naranjo.

“Family is a basic support, since my children are with me the whole time. Since they finished school, they joined me and did nothing but work with me,” emphasized the prominent man from Martí.

In the absence of a commercial agreement, beekeeping also has a place in Evelio. Through family tradition, elements obtained from bees such as honey, pollen and bees have domestic purposes.

The Family, The Best Seed Of Evelio
Backed by examples from Mayabeque and Havana, Alfredo, along with his two children, sees beekeeping as another way to produce the land in its most diverse ways. Photo: Héctor Naranjo.

“Sometimes we lack a little support. I think that farmers can get closer to people who know, based on science, how to increase yields,” said Alfredo, while emphasizing that “the basic mission of any farm is the making of it. If you don’t do it, it has the ground to get it.”

Alfredo, Osney and Osmel had little sleep. They know the responsibility that comes with caring for each plant and protecting the animals. The three rested in their concern for the people of Marti and their family. (ALH)

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