Sustainable community development with the farm and Agroecological concepts as the fulcrum through knowledge exchange and purposeful travel in a bottom up approach is NEEMs core mission.
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NEEM CUBA “Cause Related” Brigades
NEEM is an Agroecological “Cause Related” organization. A percentage of proceeds support programs for the minority community socioeconomically excluded from organic. We are often with Dr. Fernando Funes, President of GAO, recipient of Right Livelihood Award and Special Guests as hosts. In the true spirit of People to People meaningful exchange we stay at Casa Particulars (the FIRST from America to do so) for the unforgettable CUBA! When the Casa’s are not possible, we stay at cool and comfortable hotels where you don’t have to chase money or transportation. Experience the culture, spend your time enjoying Cuba, eat home cooked meals. Roll with the Pros. It’s a Round Trip to Cuba, and One Way to go; with NEEM.
You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime experience; a NEEM Brigade in CUBA!
CUBA AUGUST: 22nd – 29th with Global Exchange
AGROECOLOGICAL CUBA– Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Artemisa, Havana. NEEM leads a delegation researching sustainable agricultural methods, Agroecology, the cooperative model, research stations, biological alternatives to chemical inputs, composting, alternative energy, simplified bacteria production, and diversified agroforestry. We engage farmer to farmer and professional to professional as we weave our way up the island to Havana and beyond. NEEM works with significant Cuban NGOs in the rural and urban sectors. We take you places where most do not have access and show you the best there is to see. Each day, we celebrate the day’s experiences with our friends on their farms. This delegation is a knowledge exchange with sustainable new applications and an investment in your farm, organization or community. Cost: $2250 plus air
URBAN AG LAW Conference Baltimore September 19 – Agroecology delegation to Cuba – deduct conference early bird fee from cost NEEM is a Cause Related Agroecological Org.
From CUBA to USA – SEPTEMBER: 16th – 19th a one month 5 State, 2 country multi-organizational cooperative
SPECIAL U.S. Announcement:
NEEM and our NC Partners at NC State University and Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will host Dr. Fernando Funes during his sustainable and Agroecological “Tour de Force.” He will also be hosted by UC Berkley, SCOLA, Food First, University of Michegan, State of Delaware, Vermont and VCI. We all look forward to this collaboration which allows us to bring this esteemed expert and friend to the United States for continued knowledge exchange. Look for announcements of his schedule in your area.
CUBA SEPTEMBER: 14th – 21st a Culinary Delegation
6th NATIONAL CONGRESS ON FOOD AND NUTRITION – perhaps the most important subject of our time.
A WANDERING FEAST & NEEM – Havana – a Seed to Plate national congress on healthcare, nutrition, early on-set diabetes, obesity and food insecurity for professionals, Chefs, Nutritionist, Growers, Food Councils, Co-ops & Food Security enthusiast. Delegates will be dining at friends farms and Organoponicos in the field. Stay at Casa Particulars for the true People to people experience w/site visits to some favorite places. “Brigada Gastronómico Agroecológica” Cost $2650 (incl. RT air from Miami)
OCTOBER: 31st – November 10th
CUBA - End to End Santiago de Cuba to Habana and all points in between. Go beyond traditional and experience the real Cuba end to end from Santiago (coffee lands), Camaguey (Cattle Country), Trinidad (UNESCO site) and Havana (an Urban miracle).
Travel is by People to People exchange license. NEEM and our Cuba program differs from most leading delegations. We are a “Cause Related” organization with residual percentage of proceeds going to programs NEEM operates to provide fresh organic to low income communities. Travel to Cuba, feed the poor. NEEM delegates day’s are structured to provide meaningful interactions with Cuban people. Cost is $5,295 per person
CUBA NOVEMBER: 15th – 23rd
CUBA – Agroecology, Sustainable and Organic Urban AG – Havana/Artemisa, Matanzas hosted by the founders of the movement in Cuba responsible for creation of 33,000 urban farms and led by Chef Farmer and founder of NEEM. Cost $2600 with RT air from Miami
CUBA DECEMBER: 5th – 14th
CHEFS, A Wandering Feast of Habana and surrounds with NEEM Enjoy the fruits of this countries sustainable production, course by course, in the field at the farm, and Chef Ensmingers favorite spots. This is a Chefs, Growers & enthusiast – in honor of the late Chef Gilberto Smith – Cuba’s Escoffier – “Above all, make it simple”AE “Brigada Gastronómico Agroecológica” “Seed to Plate”™ Cost $2950
CUBA DECEMBER: 12, 13 & 14 (arrival) – 20, 21st (departure)
300 IN SOLIDARITY for PURPOSEFUL TRAVEL - Havana and surrounds. 5 genres, 5 itineraries, 5 organizations traveling as professionals in 5 fields. Genres are: Medical, Agriculture, Social Justice, Arts and Environment. Professional and academic research itineraries will be structured to provide meaningful interactions with Cuban people. You are traveling legally as a professional and making a statement in the process on your right to travel as an American. There will be two “stand together” gatherings of all participants and one celebration dinner. The statement will be clear and within legal parameters in this knowledge exchange brigade. Itineraries and Special guests TBA. Contact us
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Round Trip Miami/Havana/Miami w/Cuban Visa & Insurance cost about about $575. NEEM is the first American group to bring folks to Cuba direct from the U.S. with the Casa Particular option and Hotel if Casa’s not possible. Both come w/Breakfast, some Lunches and no dinners. An end of trip Celebration Dinner is arranged by NEEM and check split by all attendants. A Dinner with ordinary Cuban family is occasionally arranged. Average trip costs is itinerary dependent but low compared to most with variables like Casa’s vs. hotel. A $400 Deposit is required to secure dates (nonrefundable but applies to total). Rates vary with lodging, itinerary and ground. All final documents and payments are due 60/45 & 30 days before departure. Delegations fill quickly. Your commitment insures space.
Price Includes: Cuban visa, insurance, double hotel accommodations, Breakfast, some lunches, celebration dinner (paid by delegates), translation, insurance, transportation, and program fees under applicable license. A letter with license OFAC regulations for travelers will be provided. Cost: Listed above, double occupancy, single occupancy supplement, $ varies per accomodation. If a double is not gender or count available the supplement applies. Natural Environmental Ecological Management is not responsible for Government policy changes that affect cost or itineraries.
Round Trip flight from Miami – Havana – add: $575 unless noted per delegation as included. (includes visa and insurance if priced separately)
How to Register: Please chose your date, call, send your non refundable deposit of $400 to insure space before delegation fills (highly recommended). 50% balance minus deposit is due at 45 days and Final payment is due no later than 31 days before departure. These terms are based on Cuban requirements and to secure the delegation. Payments by MasterCard, Discover or Visa are welcome. It is important to get paperwork and commitments in on schedule to insure services. Cancellation 45 days prior is 75%, 45 days at 50% and after 30 days no refund. Refund request must be made in writing to the office.
Contact NEEM with any questions about the program or logistics for this trip, at 919-683-1244 and follow inistructions or e-mail: neem at mindspring.com (put CUBA in e-mail subject line).
Travel, visa and Insurance: by NEEM with our Travel Service Providers (TSPs).
Since 2003delegates 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 to name a few were some highlights. All delegations are different. No itineraries are the same. Travel with NEEM is truly a Cuban experience, enlightening and extraordinary?
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 and that the small local system works, less susceptible to problems, and Agroecologically sound.
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