Pete and Kati

Pete Rasmussen and Kati Greaney

Eco Cuba Network participants Kati Greaney and Pete Rasmussen during their extended agricultural research tour in Cuba,  Fall 2010, Spring and Fall 2011 and Summer 2012. Check out their blog "Lives in Tandem" on our Resources page.

Pete Rasmussen and Kati Greaney celebrated their honeymoon on a ten day Eco Cuba Network tour in November 2010, their first trip to the island.

Pete, formerly an organic garlic farmer at Sandhill Farms in Utah, now the Action Education Director for the Community Agroecology Network of Santa Cruz, CA, and Kati, a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz, who is developing a film on sustainable agriculture in Cuba, remained in Cuba for 6 weeks after the tour, researching organic farms, and getting to know Cuba more deeply.  They traveled all over eastern and central Cuba on a "bicycle built for two."

In the spring of 2011, they returned to explore eastern Cuba for six weeks, meeting, among others, Irania Martinez Garcia, the AfroCuban agriculturist from Guantanamo Province who won the CNN Heroes Award in 2007 for turning a toxic waste dump into an organic garden.  In November of that year, Pete participated in the Agro Ecology Conference in Havana province, organized by ANAP, the Cuban Association of Small Farmers.

Then in 2012, Pete and Kati raised the funds they needed to begin work on their video project, for which they interviewed and will highlight the work of three prominent Cuban agriculturists including Irania Martinez Garcia.