The Los Genizaros farm is approximately 38 acres and is named for the huge 300+ year old Genizaros trees on the property. These trees are a landmark and can be seen from miles around when looking down upon Diriómo.
Most of the land is tilled and planted with a team of oxen we call Amos and Andy. Each year we plant corn (used only for the animals), red beans, tomatoes, squash and peppers. The orchards provide mangoes, avocados, lemons, limes, tangerines, oranges, olives, plantains and three different types of bananas.
Tobacco, a fairly new crop to Los Genizaros, is in its third year of planting. Two different types of Cuban seeds are planted. Strains called Habana 2000 and Criollo ’98. The process from planting to rolling a cigar is a long one and takes approximately one year to dry and cure the tobacco. We are proud to produce a cigar that is worthy of the Los Genizaros name.
There are 11 stables for the horses as well as a large corral for the sheep and cattle. The entire property is fenced and cross-fenced which enables us to grow several different types of grasses for the animals to graze. The animals are moved from pasture to pasture on a daily basis in order to consume a different grass each day. One of the things we are very proud of at Finca Los Genizaros is our participation in a horse rehabilitation program. Horses that are in poor health are kept at the farm and given veterinarian care as well as space to graze and exercise. During the stay here, the owners are taught how to care for the horse and once it is better, returned to the owner.
The swimming pool at Los Genizaros is unique as it was, at one time, the city’s public watering hole. We have tiled and put a pump on the original holding tank and now it is a great place to cool off on a hot day.
Although the farm feels as if it is in the middle of nowhere, it is only a two minute walk to the nearest neighborhood store. The central park is only four blocks away and is a great place to sit, enjoy an ice cream and watch the local activity.