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Monday, June 25, 2012
El Asiento Farm: a Place of Dreams
By Raysa Mestril Gutiérrez/Radio Cadena Agramonte
Camagüey province already has its first botanical garden of fruit trees, a status that was recently granted by the National Urban and Suburban Agriculture Group to El Asiento, a business that is led by Blanca Nieves Cabrera and her family in the Mártires de Pino Tres Credit and Service Cooperative Farm, in the municipality of Santa Cruz del Sur.
For this venture, Nieves Cabrera family -helped by neighbours and friends- started to collect seeds, cuttings and seedlings to plant them in the farm, says Blanca Nieves, who told this reporter that they even went to other municipalities and provinces to accomplish this goal.
Everyone has a responsibility in El Asiento. One of them is Pascual, Blanca Nieves’s father, who in spite of being 90 years old, works in the apiary. Others are her nephews Daniel and Claudia, who are part of the cultural project “Olor a guardarraya”, conducted by her husband, Willy.
Having the first botanical garden of fruit trees in this province is for Blanca Nieves and her family a major challenge, so everyone works to plant and have more than 150 species of fruit trees in their lands which are no larger than 3 caballerias (one caballería = 13.420 hectares) in size. But they do not only do this, they also devote time and effort to raise animals and grow mixed cropping, contributing so to the local economy.