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While traveling in Cuba with the Hillsborough County Master Gardening Association a couple of years ago, I learned of a technical manual for organic vegetable growing produced by the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture. I was unable to obtain one while there. After seeing (and eating) their vegetables produced by totally organic methods in an environment with limited resources, I really wanted to know how they did it.
Finally, I was able to locate an older copy online in Spanish. I don't read Spanish and it is over 80 pages long, so I was stumped. Master Garden Janet Newburgh came to the rescue and translated the entire manual for us, a labor intensive job. It is very interesting reading for anyone interested in the best way to grow vegetables organically.
See links below:
Technical Manual for Organic Gardening, Intensive Gardening, and Semi-protected Organic Gardening (English translation by Janet Newburgh)
Video outlining the crisis in Cuban driving the move to Organic production (50 min. but well worth the time)