WATCH: This Documentary From Gozo Will Make You Want To Take Up Salt Farming
Literally, the salt of the earth
If you’ve ever been to the north of Gozo you probably noticed the large stone checkerboard pattern that runs across the coast. These century old carvings are the heart of one of the oldest industries in Maltese history, Salt Farming.
"The Cini family of Zebbug in northern Gozo have been harvesting salt traditionally for generations''
Tim Lewis, A Malta-based filmmaker gives us insight into the lives of the salt farmers and the distinct landscape to which they devote their time and energy. Salt has historically been a symbol of wealth and influence, as it was used to preserve food. Kind of like an ancient fridge.
And Gozitan salt production was one of the earliest economic powerhouses of the Maltese islands. Though climate change is making it harder and harder to gather enough salt, the farmers remain resolute and determined to maintain their families ancient traditions.