Cuba: Sustainable Farming in a Gas-Driven World

The farmers pour in after sunrise and leave before sunset. The workday is one to two hours shorter than a typical day for a government employee, depending on the season, and the pay is higher—much higher.

Organiponico Vivero Alamar (OVA) is an organic, sustainable farm just outside Havana, where its private business status allows farmers the freedom to make smart economic moves and attract the best and brightest farmers, scientists and researchers to improve daily operations. Visitors come from all over the world to see the farm that countless bloggers have praised for its high wages (compared to government jobs in Cuba) and other benefits.

Read the rest of my story at The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

Colorado Town Unfamiliar with Attention Deals with a Flood of it

The last time this tiny town with the big sexting scandal made national news headlines was probably after the forest fire that burned most of an iconic tourist attraction nearby, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The time before that might have been a shooting, residents said. They could not remember any recent escapes from the high-security prisons that surround them and employ many of the townspeople, but they also could not remember any good news that had put the town in the national eye.

Read the rest of the story at The New York Times.