NPR on Puerto Rico's new farming movement
Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers
Although it’s a tropical island, perhaps surprisingly, Puerto Rico produces very little of its own food. After decades of industrialization, the U.S. territory imports more than 80 percent of what’s consumed on the island. There are signs, though, the trend is changing.
One place you can see it is in Orocovis, a small town in Puerto Rico’s mountainous interior. At an elementary school there, Dalma Cartagena has for 15 years tended the seeds of an agricultural movement. Cartagena teaches agricultural science. It’s a special curriculum she developed that teaches children, from the third to the eighth grade, how to grow their own food.