Tucked away in the foothills of Los Haitises National Park near the quiet village of El Valle, life at Finca Elvesia seems timeless. The COVID-19 pandemic did not make significant inroads at this remote location, so this year was not much different than others. The farm continued to be productive, as it was not impacted as severely by the drought as the growing regions further west.
Cell phone service is weak and spotty in the area, so it often takes me several days to find a way to connect with Isidro, who manages the farm operations there. The mid-crop is progressing slowly as the trees rest after several productive harvests and the mild drought over the summer.
Visiting Finca Elvesia
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our last in-person visit to Finca Elvesia was in 2019.
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