NEEM™ is a “Cause Related” organization. A percentage of proceeds support NEEM programs for Indigenous & socioeconomically emerging communities. We are often with Dr. Fernando Funes, recipient of Right Livelihood Award. We stay at Casa Particulars or favorite hotels. Experience Cuba. It’s a Round Trip to Cuba, and One Way to go; with NEEM.
CUBA GO DEPOSIT at SQUARE – fast – secures space
“We have fought for purposeful travel since 1996 to get you to Cuba like travel to any other country. This is the moment!” CIA Chef Farmer JA Ensminger
♫ 2016 ♫ Food is Art
CUBA GO Individual Travel NOW – $1700 – $1900 This is the moment. ($1700 Havana and surrounds) a Cause related travel option w/residual revenues feeding the poor – we make sure you are set, know what, where & off you GO. You arrive in Havana Friday mid day for 9 days 8 nights. NEEM meets you Friday afternoon in Havana for orientation. Includes Havana individual itinerary, M-W or W – Fri. 2 day 1 night overnight, Casa Particular, breakfast each day. Explore Cuba your way in your time. Deposit secures space Under OFAC general license guidelines $1700 – $1900
2017 STRUCTURED DELEGATIONS
March 18th– 26th, 2017 Havana/Artemisa and surrounds Architects, Engineers, Preservationist, professionals in sustainable community – an AIA focus delegation
This delegation will investigate the architecture, historic preservation, adaptive re-use, and infrastructure development in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Havana, and at other locations around the island. We’ll utilize resources in Cuba that support the delegations and companies who are researching and developing relationships, strategies and solutions needed for the development of sustainable communities. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the natural and built environments.
Delegates will explore the vernacular and introduced Architectural styles and construction practices in Cuba, which must be understood to effect authentic historic preservation and sustainable development. We will meet with representatives of Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad de la Habana (OHCH), planners at the Group for the Integral Development of the Capitol (El Grupo), and faculty, staff and students at the Havana School of Architecture. Together, the delegation and these professionals will consider sustainable design concepts which honor and preserve the unique architecture of Cuba, and which respect the historical integrity of Cuba’s colonial and revolutionary past.
The group will explore the use of digital relationship-based software, operating on the Bentley Microstation platform, in the integration of architecture, civil engineering, water management, utilities and infrastructure design for sustainable community development.
Program Highlights include:
- Travel to and tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Old Havana
- Interface with the OHCH (Office of the Historian of the City of Havana), planners at the Group for the Integral Development of the Capitol (El Grupo), and, through the OCHC, engagement with the Architecture faculty, staff and students from the Havana University of Technologies Jose Antonio Echevarria.
- Excursion to and study of the renowned Instituto Superior de Arte (National Arts School), and its Architects, Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi.
- Exchange with Centro De Art Contemporeno Wilfredo Lam, and as part of the study of the Instituto Superior de Arte. a visit to Chocó Studio.
- Day trip to the Soledad Botanical Gardens in Cienfuegos. The Gardens were the Harvard Botanical Gardens, abandoned by the university after the Revolution in 1961. The Gardens present a significant preservation and sustainable community development opportunity.
Mid-level and professional architects, engineers, preservationists, ecologists and environmentalists are encouraged to attend. We will travel in Caravan to destination points unless otherwise indicated on the itinerary.
This delegation’s travel includes 8 nights/nine days, Casa/hotel accommodations, breakfast, some lunches, no dinners, full itinerary, guide and driver when traveling and arrangement of a celebration dinner. Very special guests to be announced. Cost: $2950 a $400 Deposit secures space now. AIA and professionals use 102116KJ trip code as notation with deposit, Digital Engineers use 102116DE (Early Bird discount 5% AIA and DE only ends January 20th)
March 25th– April 2nd, 2017 – American Farmers CUBA Seed to Plate – A Wandering Feast of the sustainably produced foods of Cuba and its AG Revolution. This is a People to People Exchange Tour for travelers, and an immersion in Agroecology, Permaculture, agricultural systems, social justice, policy and practice in Cuba, with unprecedented access to Cuban Agriculturist. Two days independant travel and 5 full days in depth ground. A sample with visits to Cachón, the Ecological Scrubber, the orchard “El Chinito”, Cojímar, Sevillano” and “Los Pinos”, Matanzas, Jardines de Bellamar community project (permaculture), caving works in protected caves that can not be visited. Includes 8 nights/nine days, Casa Particular (whole house), breakfast, venues, presentations, some lunches, one dinner, (visa, RT air to Cuba not included), full itinerary, guide and driver when traveling, arrangement of a celebration dinner. Cost: $2350
FSA USDA Urban farm NEEM™ announces:
1st NATURAL PRODUCTS PABEXPO CUBA 2017™
PABEXPO CENTER, HAVANA – June 3rd – June 10th (PABEXPO w/WORKSHOPS/SITE VISITS/EVENTS)
CUBA is San Joaquin Valley East – Display and position brand, meet producers, connect with buyers/sellers (CIMEX/U.S. & Coops), tour production facilities, coops, contract (producers/processors, farms, supply line, broker/distribution). Farmer to farmer, Professional to professional! We have been talking about this since Anaheim 96; This is the moment! Don’t Panic – its Organic & “Cause related”!
What is the Cause Relation? a percentage of proceeds goes to NEEM programs, to Eco Pueblos capitol fund & Gold Sponsors preferred non profit for the greater good. Marketing with a purpose.
Your Company/Your Brand – Cubans love American Brands. Cuba is country level sustainable production w/a Non GMO policy we support. lets insure brands are natural, promote the Cuban Agroecological model and your corporate sustainability profile.
Full Service Consulting – NEEM Team/Bahama-Meridian ITL Soft Quote/SPECS/LOI/FCO/LC/S&P/POP/BL – leave w/contract, brand & position and bi lateral trade supply lines.
Participant, Exhibitor & Press
Important: Advance required with a “freeze sell” expected.
Preregistration: Deposit Early Bird 5% Attendee/press ends November – 1st Sponsor Registration: now – December 31st cut off with full pay at contract. Gold Sponsor: now – full pay at contract.
Sponsorship venue floor plan/layout & programs available soon. Sponsorhip Options: Cafe Cubano (2), Paladar (3), Coop (2), Open Market (1), Organoponico (2), A Wandering Feast dinner at Alamar/Obama Steps – in the field (Gold 1), Naturalization of relations negotiating space (1 Gold), Folklorica Teatro Lenin (1). Receptions: Nacional/Malecon (1)/Habana Libre (1)/La Fontaine Paladar (1), Lennon Park (2), Casa Particular (6). Booth/display, composting stations (1), Cuba Art OG bag/hat & T-shirts (1 ea./logo), CD Cubano (1), floor placement, Stage/screens, presentations, entertainment, am Cafe Espresso, pm Mojito (2 PABEXPO), OG Block Print Gifts & Bag. WiFi, meeting rooms buyer/seller placement (see consulting).
Product shipment – drayage and storage available on site
Guest speakers, production facilities itinerary, sites, presentations & meetings. PABEXPO – venue of 2002 U.S. Cuba AG Expo.
Mr. Ensminger: Consultant, Executive Chef of A Wandering Feast, Founder of NEEM, CIA Executive Chef., and ex CEO of Bahama Organics dba Bahama-Meridian ITL in Durham, North Carolina is a long standing member of the Organic Trade Association. He introduced the 1st 100% certified organic GMO free award winning condiment line in the U.S., UK & EU (Oregon Tilth/Soil Association/UK4) in 1997. As a activist in Cuba AG since 1996 he has worked to end the embargo and establish bi-lateral trade for the natural products industry. Over 20 years in Cuba, trust developed and MOUs secured with the best NGOs and founders of the Agroecological movement in Cuba including dinner with the President. Delegations on agroecology, sustainable production, environment & community have been led to Cuba since 2002. Bahama OG was the only natural products company represented at the historic 2002 PABEXPO U.S. Cuba AG EXPO for 1st sales to Cuba by American companies since 1959. His work in Washington/Havana on the naturalization process since 1996 as a member of LAWG, WOLA & working bi-annually with Congressional leaders on all things Cuba made a difference.
Newhope360 – Bahama Organics Inc. the first 100% Certified Organic GMO Free line under the NOT COOL® mark receives registered trademark on COOL®. NOT COOL® Pepper Sauces and COOL® “Condiments with a conscience”
See Past Delegations at: http://pinterest.com/cubago/
We meet you in Havana. Please arrange round Trip to Havana from your choice airport starting this fall. Cuban Visa & Insurance cost is included in the air you arrange. NEEM is the first to bring Americans to Cuba and stay at Casa Particulars but we “Hotel” if Casa’s not possible. Both come w/Breakfast, some Lunches and no dinners. End of trip Celebration Dinner is arranged by NEEM and check split. Average trip costs is itinerary dependent but low compared to most. A nonrefundable $400 Deposit is required in advance to secure dates (applies to total) accompanied by passport picture for visa. Rates vary with lodging, itinerary and ground. All final documents and payments are due 60 days before departure.
Price Includes: Itinerary, Cuban visa, insurance, double Casa/hotel accommodations, Breakfast, some lunches, translation, transportation, and program fees under general license unless otherwise specified. Cost: Listed above is double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement applies & varies per accommodation. If a double is not gender or count available the supplement applies. NEEM is not responsible for Government policy that affect cost or itineraries.
How to Register: Please chose your date, call, leave a message, send your clear passport pic and make the $400 deposit to insure space (highly recommended). Full payment is due no later than 45 days before departure. These terms are based on U.S. & Cuban requirements. Payments by MasterCard, Discover or Visa are welcome. Credit payments are due earlier by 15 days to process and your invoice will reflect the 3% fee we incur. It is important to get paperwork and commitments in on schedule to insure services. Cancellation minus the deposit is 50% at 45 and after 30 days no refund. All Refund request must be made in writing to the office.
Contact NEEM with any questions about the program or logistics at 919-683-1244 and follow instructions or e-mail: neem at mindspring.com (put CUBA in e-mail subject line).
Travel, visa and Insurance: by carrier and NEEM (Insurance is Cuban health Insurance)
Since 2003 delegates learned that the cooperative effort has results like dripping water that fills the pot. The “Peak Oil” group in 2003, NCSU and the NC Delegation, IX & X International Congress on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture; the South Africa/RULIVdelegation, IPC 11 Permaculture Convergence, Bolivia and Eco Pueblos are a few highlights. All delegations are different. No itineraries are the same. Travel with NEEM is truly a Cuban experience, enlightening and extraordinary?
“The key to Cuba is agriculture & food; it always has been”. JAE
“I had a great time, and learned so much. Thank you for organizing everything. I understand how complicated things are to organize in Cuba now! It was great to meet everyone and perfect experience”
“By the time we finished NEEMs delegation we were Cuba savvy. Your help and knowledge made our journey a complete success! Thanks for a creative concept it was uniquely perfect”
“We just wanted to thank NEEM for putting together this amazing experience. I can’t conceive of a way in which our first visit to Cuba could have been better.”
“We’re truly grateful that NEEM is carrying out this important mission. It was an incredible journey”.
CONSULTING: AGRICULTURAL – HOSPITALITY – CULINARY ARTS – SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE – COOPERATIVES – GENERAL We maintain constant information updates and provide a Washington and Havana presence. Customers have immediate provision of 20 years of relations, trust and partners we have that take time & money to develop. Doors normally closed are open. Improve investment return in a sustainable way with full service 24/7 top level Cuban representation. The “Cause Relation” is a tax relief benefit to AgroEco development. Private Charter: add $2000 & subject to point of origin Contact
NEEM, Sacaba municipality, Cochabamba & community developed Eco Pueblos.
BOLIVIA – CUBA – USA & SUDAFRICA NEEM led Sacaba & Bolivian Senate Eco Pueblos delegation to Cuba.
VOLUNTEER IN: CAROLINA/CUBA /BOLIVIA/SAMOA & SUDAFRICA – NEEMs Knowledge Exchange Volunteer/Intern program – engage at farms & NEEM Agroecological and environmental projects. Three months advance notice is required. Deposit secures space 2 wks. $1890 (Cuba) Filling – limited offerings (RT MIA included)
BOLIVIA – NEEM to Bolivia ending with agreement for Sacaba municipality Cochabamba Eco Pueblos. Final document couriered from NEEM to the Bolivian Senate.
CONGRESS – It has been an incredible journey with you – end the embargo! Working the Hill is an art form. We the dripping water that filled the pot on Cuba for 20+ years! We can celebrate when its over but for NOW, not yet. The end of the embargo is a freight train that can’t be stopped. As the President said; “its the right thing to do”.
Deposit at SQUARE add 3% it’s immediate, inventoried and secures space.
Watch video’s: Elizabeths NEEM Documentary at: https://vimeo.com/62044711 (password: cuba 2013); Organoponico NEEM Burt’s Bees Culture Day – in Durham AND A Wandering Feast Seed to Plate
WHAT WOULD YOU LEARN? That two peoples with one passion are separated only by distance and politics. That using Agroecological methods is possible on a country level in Cuba then it is also possible on a State level. Our community’s notion of local as best is strengthened, the small system works, is less susceptible to problems, and Agroecologically sound.
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