Now in their seventies, Remo and Irmina Kleiner look like an unlikely pair of revolutionaries, but these now doting grandparents spent over ten years on the run and were forced to give birth to two of their four children in the jungle, after speaking out about the rights of peasants in a dictator-led Argentina. Today, surrounded by their extended family and a community of fifteen other families, they run a mixed agroecological, biodynamic farm in Argentina’s North Eastern province – an area more commonly known for hectares of genetically modified Soybeans.
Remo knows the value of diversity in creating stable food systems. His farm produces a wide range of dairy and other processed products, grows several grains, fruit, pasture and raises beef cattle and other animals. As a testimony to its success in troubled times, the farm has recently won awards for its ability to withstand hurricanes, drought and months of heavy rainfall. However, Remi believes true resilience comes from social cohesion and collective action as well. Communities must work together if they want to survive the dramatic changes our planet now faces.
Photos: Jordi Ruiz Cirera