NEEM congratulates fellow organizations, activists, diplomats, policymakers and delegation travelers. You all effected change as we watch the embargo crumble like the Berlin wall.
No one takes you to Cuba and provides this level of programming and access. Roll with the Pros, roll with NEEM.
NEEM™ is a “Cause Related” organization. A percentage of proceeds support programs for those socioeconomically excluded from organic. We are often with Dr. Fernando Funes, President of GAO, recipient of Right Livelihood Award. We stay at Casa Particulars (the 1st American organization to do so) or our favorite hotels where you don’t have to chase money or transportation. Experience Cuban culture. It’s a Round Trip to Cuba, and One Way to go; with NEEM.
CUBA GO! Deposit at SQUARE – fast – secures space
CONSULTING & AGRICULTURAL – Normalization of Cuba and U.S. relations will bring slow changes to both countries. We maintain weekly updates as information is developed and change occurs here and in Cuba. We provide a Washington and Havana presence. Customers have immediate provision of relations and trust we have at the highest levels that take time & money to build. Open doors and invest now not a year from now. Improve investment return in a sustainable way with full service 24/7 top level representation. Private Charter is available (add $2000 & subject to point of origin) Contact
BOLIVIA – CUBA – U.S./NEEM Agro Eco Pueblos multinational delegation
DECEMBER 11th – 19th 2015 NEEM is proud to have brought and coordinated high level delegates from the Bolivia, the U.S. and Cuba on Agro Eco Pueblos. In Cuba we replicate the Bolivian model set in Sacaba last July based on Agroecological philosophies from Cuba. We provided the signed sealed Bolivian agreement to Cuba for the purpose of creating the third Eco Pueblos and secured the land in Cuba to finalize the collaborative and the three knowledge exchange projects that contribute to building bottom up sustainable global community.
NOTICE to travelers – Deposits are critical to secure space but we will hold off on recommending USA – Cuba air arrangements until we see expected price for air drop.
Volunteer in Cuba at the best farms. NEEMs Knowledge Exchange Volunteer/Intern program is set to engage with ordinary Cubans on Agroecological, environmental and ecological projects. Three months advance notice is required. You will stay at casa Particular and work on the farms in Havana or stay and work on the farms. You will also not come home the same. Deposit secures space. CUBA anytime. Go when you want with the advance notice. Two weeks $1890 all inclusive
MARCH 18th – March 26th, 2016 Havana/Artemisa – A Wandering Feast Culture delegation during the CELEBRATION of the DRUM in Havana. Explore the relation between the African Diaspora and its profound affect on religion, culture, Culinary Art and the Farm with folkloric, Afro-Cuban and the best traditional Yoruba based foods and rhythms. This Cultural delegation includes best venues in the days and evenings. Classes at friends farms with special guests and teachers during the day at my favorite places with fantastic kitchens – all music and food . We’ll explore Afro Cuban roots and experience this rhythm based culture. Only when you understand a culture can you truly know the people. In Cuba food and music are inextricably linked to the Earth Mother and her Deities. Open field dinners or special spots we have for national dishes with music between courses or under royal palms in the jungle. We will stay at our favorite Casa Particulars, travel to venues and destination points individually unless otherwise indicated on an itinerary designed to compliment the celebration and related events where some of the finest artist in the world descend on Havana. Mid Level to professionals with a mind for culture and environment are encouraged to attend. Includes 8 nights/nine days, Casa, breakfast, venue/passes, classes, some lunches, some dinners,itinerary, (guide and driver when applicable), one celebration dinner and the unlisted jam session sites. visa, air is not included. Cost: $1950 A $400 Deposit secures space – sign up now.
JUNE 3rd– JUNE 12th 2016 Havana/Artemisa – This is a Architects, Engineers, Agroecologist, professionals involved in sustainable community development under Agroecological philosophies and Agro-Eco Pueblos (self sustaining off the grid community) delegation.
Agro Eco Pueblos is a multinational cooperative to develop 3 eco towns in Bolivia, Cuba and at NEEM USA. This delegation will investigate the existing Agro Eco Pueblos knowledge exchange project in Cuba as well as architecture and related fields from infrastructure to engineering throughout the island. Delegates will explore Architectural styles, historic preservation, sustainable design concepts and exploration of Digital Software (Bentley Micro station) civil engineering software applied to infrastructure required to support sustainable community. We will stay at our favorite Casa Particulars, travel in Caravan to venues and destination points unless otherwise indicated on an itinerary designed to compliment the projects and related sites. Mid Level to professional architects, engineers, ecologist and environmentalist are encouraged to attend. Includes 8 nights/nine days, Casa, breakfast, venues, presentations, some lunches, no dinners, visa, (air is not included), full itinerary, (guide and driver when applicable), arrangement of a celebration dinner. Very special guests to be announced. Cost: $2650 A $400 Deposit secures space now. AIA and professionals use 031816kj trip code as notation with deposit, Digital engineers use 031816DS
JUNE 14th – JULY 1st 2016 –BOLIVIA Agro Eco Pueblos
OCTOBER 7th– 16th 2016 Havana/Artemisa – NC Agroecology and Culinary Delegation – You will visit and eat local sustainable production at our friends Agroecological farms for most lunches. We’ll dip into the Culinary Arts on 4 evenings with farmer and Executive Chef Ensminger of A Wandering Feast and NEEMs Founder (two at Jeff’s favorite spots, 1 meal with the “family” and the celebration dinner). Remaining evenings are yours with suggested spots. This delegation will focus on food security and meeting the challenge in the U.S. using agroecological concepts developed in Cuba. Organoponico NEEM replicates the Cuban model in North Carolina. We will base out of Havana and day trip to other parts of the island. We will stay at our favorite Casa Particulars, travel in Caravan to city venues and destination points unless otherwise indicated on the itinerary. Includes 8 nights/nine days, Casa, breakfast, venues, presentations, most lunches, no dinners, air, visa, itinerary, (guide and driver when applicable) and celebration dinner. Very special guests to be announced. Cost: $2650 A $400 Deposit secures space now.
OCTOBER 21st– 29th 2016 Havana and surrounds – Art and the Farm Delegation – This is one of those special brigades with cultural duality where art is integrated into the farm. Explore the diversity the farm and the art residents bring to these self sufficient cooperatives for residual income. We will base out of Havana and day trip to other parts of the island. We will stay at our favorite Casa Particulars, travel in Caravan to city venues and destination points unless otherwise indicated on the itinerary. Includes 8 nights/nine days, Casa, breakfast, venues, presentations, most lunches, no dinners, (air is not included), visa, itinerary, (guide and driver when applicable) and celebration dinner. Very special guests to be announced. Cost: $2350 A $400 Deposit secures space now.
NOVEMBER – NEEM™ announces the 1st annual
WORKSHOPS/SITE VISITS/EVENTS – NOV 21st, 22nd
PABEXPO CENTER, HAVANA, CUBA – NOV 23rd, 24th AND 25th
CUBA is San Joaquin Valley East – Display and position brand, meet producers, connect with buyers/sellers, 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 LOI/FCO/S&P/POP/BL – leave w/contract, brand position & sources
Participant, Exhibitor & Press – A $400 Deposit secures space now. Important: Advance required with a “freeze sell” through June 2016. (Deposit secures air/lodging applies to balance)
Preregistration: Deposit Early Bird 5% Attendee/press December 31st Sponsor Registration: now – July 31st cut off with full pay at contract. Gold Sponsor: now – March 30th 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, Principal Creative Construction Co., 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 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”
“The key to Cuba is agriculture & food; it always has been”. JAE
“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”.
BOLIVIA – NEEM to Bolivia ending with agreement for Sacaba Eco Pueblos.
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 2.75% it’s immediate, inventoried and secures space.
See Past Delegations at: http://pinterest.com/cubago/
We meet you in Havana. Round Trip Miami/Havana/Miami w/Cuban Visa & Insurance cost about about $500 and not included. 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 by all attendants. Average trip costs is itinerary dependent but low compared to most. A nonrefundable $400 Deposit is required to secure dates (applies to total). Rates vary with lodging, itinerary and ground. All final documents and payments are due 60/45 days before departure. Your commitment insures space.
Price Includes: Itinerary, Cuban visa, insurance, double Casa/hotel accommodations, Breakfast, some lunches, translation, transportation, and program fees under general license. 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 deposit of $400 to insure space (highly recommended). Final 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 but you must add the fee. It is important to get paperwork and commitments in on schedule to insure services. Cancellation minus the deposit is 100% at 60 days, 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?
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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