Sustainable community development with the farm and Agroecological concepts as the fulcrum through foreign exchange in a bottom up dialectic approach is NEEMs core mission; it always has been.
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CUBA Brigades are “Cause Related”
NEEM Brigades are “Cause Related” with proceeds feeding organic to the disadvantaged. Travel to Cuba, feed the poor sustainable production. Its rewarding! We are often Havana based (unless otherwise specified) with Dr. Fernando Funes, President of GAO, recipient of Right Livelihood Award, NEEM Founder Mr. Ensminger and occassional Special Guests as hosts when possible and announced. In the true spirit of People to People meaningful exchange we stay at Casa Particulars (private houses similar to Bed and Breakfast) 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. Get a “CUBAN Attitude” – live life, music, food & culture. NEEM is an Agroecological - Natural – Environmental – Ecological sustainable “Cause Related” organization. Join a NEEM Brigade & make a difference.
You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime experience; a NEEM Brigade in CUBA!
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 due to itinerary. 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. PLAN AHEAD and register to secure date. All final documents and payments are due 60 days before departure. Delegations fill quickly. Your commitment insures space on a first come first served basis. To see past NEEM Delegations go to: http://pinterest.com/cubago/ – we bring the cream of Cuba’s crop to the table every time. Our brigades are International & National (Americans) that truly engage with the people. Want to go? We can take you. It’s a Round Trip, and One Way to do it; with NEEM.
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11th IPC – Congratulations CUBA and the Organizing Team at “Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity” host to the 11th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC)
On the borders of Durham, San Francisco & Cuba! NEEM and our partners at ACTAF working cooperatively with Global Exchange & Food First – a sustainable collaboration.
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2013 & 2014
NEEM Schedule and Brigades:
Group One: NOV 10th – NOV 24th 2013 IPC 11 Cuba Travel Services
Group Two: NOV 24th – DEC 7th 2013 IPC 11 NEEM w/Cuba Travel Services
INTERNATIONAL PERMACULTURE PDC and CONVERGENCE 11 Havana, Cuba- Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation (FANJ) hosts IPC 11. This NEEM IPC Brigade is proud to participate and includes: GROUP ONE, the PDC full itinerary design course through IPC 11 bookings. GROUP TWO is back to back and also a full itinerary of educational exchange, includes the Gala Dinner, IPC 11, Tour #1 permaculture site visits in Havana, Convergence (certification required to vote), Tour #2 or “B”, return to Havana. IPC 11 itinerary, additional program, ground, lodgings, meals and a Celebration Dinner prepared with local sustainably produced foods round out this Delegation traveling on General License but as P2P as it gets. Professionals in the field lead these two Brigades.Round trip airfare from the U.S., visa & insurance value is $575. IPC 11 in Cuba is not to be missed. You will not return the same. NEEM $2100 + RT flight MIA – HAV at $499 or $2600
DECEMBER 15th – DECEMBER 22nd 2013- NEEM NEEM w/Global Exchange
CUBA AGRI+CULTURE - The sustainably produced foods of Cuba and culture its foundation. Havana Urban AG Revolution This is a People to People Exchange Tour for travelers, and an immersion in Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, urban farm systems, social justice, policy and practice in Cuba, unprecedented access to Cuban Agriculturist and the cool spots to stay and eat. Celebrate the end of the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production.
DECEMBER 27th – JANUARY 3rd 2014 - NEEM To be announced
NATURAL CUBA NEW YEARS - Seed to Plate – A Wandering Feast Havana/Artemisa, Pinar del Rio hosted by the founders of the movement in Cuba responsible for creation of 33,000 urban farms and led by Executive Chef Farmer and founder of NEEM. This is a People to People Exchange delegation for travelers’, and an immersion in Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, urban farm systems, social justice, policy and practice in Cuba with unprecedented access to Cuban Agriculturist and the cool spots to eat. Celebrate the end of the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production.
JANUARY 3 – JANUARY 12th, 2014 - FOOD FIRST, NEEM and GLOBAL EXCHANGE in SOLIDARITY as Stewards to our planet.Contact Food First for information here:
Beginning in and around Havana, we will make our way west to the province of Pinar del Rio to learn firsthand about the country’s struggle to take control of its food system in the face of global market exclusion. NEEM, Food First and Global Exchange partner with one of the fathers of agroecology in Cuba, Fernando Funes, to create a very full 8-day itinerary. We will meet with farmers, professors, government representatives, and educators to hear about Cuba from Cubans; People to People, Farmer to Farmer. Payments are to Licensee.
JANUARY 2014 - NEEM and GLOBAL EXCHANGE in Solidarity – PENDING
ECOLOGICAL CUBA – Havana, Sancti Spiritus hosted by the founders of the Agroecological movement in Cuba, led by Founder of NEEM with a very special guest invited to attend, we will advise if his schedule allows. We embraced Ecology and climate as the Citation Society (Save the Whale) in 1974 at the famous meeting in Mystic when the Citation Society, Green peace, Pete Seegar with the Hudson River Schooner the Clear water and a group of environmentalist came together to save Green Peace and discuss climate change. This delegation will research and discuss the same numbers that we did then in 1974; they were accurate! This is a OFAC licensed People to People Meaningful Exchange delegation on Ecology and Climate Change with unprecedented access to Cuban ecologist. Celebrate the end of the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production.
FEBRUARY 17th – FEBRUARY 24th 2014 – CHEF’S MOVE – NEEM & A WANDERING FEAST - Agroecological Chef Growers & enthusiast – in honor of the late Chef Gilberto Smith – Cuba’s Escoffier“ – Above all, make it simple”
“Brigada Gastronómico Agroecológica”: “Seed to Plate – A Wandering Feast”™. Havana/Artemisa. – a one of a kind People to People Exchange Culinary Arts and Agroecology delegation with Chefs and farmers in Cuba. An Agroecological and gastronomic Tour de Force . You will be hands on every other day; harvesting and cooking at my friends farms; or eating with farmers in the fields. Celebrate the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production and explore the inextricable link between the seed and the plate. This brigade is led by A Wandering Feast Executive Chef and NEEM Founder, Jeffrey Ensminger.
MARCH 15th – MARCH 22nd 2014 - NEEM w/Cuba Travel Services (CTS)
CUBA Urban AG Revolution – Seed to Plate – A Wandering Feast™ of the sustainably produced foods of Cuba. Havana This is a People to People Exchange Tour for travelers, and an immersion in Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, urban farm systems and Local Food applications to the Culinary Arts. We’ll harvest food we eat, grown in the community where we happen to be. As always you will have unprecedented access to Cuban Agriculturist and the cool spots to eat. Celebrate the end of the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production.
MARCH 29th – APRIL 5th 2014 - NEEM
CUBA – Agroecology, Sustainable and Organic Urban AG – “Seed to Plate”™ 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. This is a People to People Exchange delegation for travelers and immersion in Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, urban farm systems, social justice in Cuba and the cool spots to eat. Celebrate the day end with the fruits of this countries sustainable production.
APRIL 11th – APRIL 19th 2014 - NEEM
CUBA – Earth,Wind, Fire & Water This Brigade is an immersion of two days on each subject. Composting (Earth), Alternative Energy (wind and fire) and Rain Water Harvesting & Aquifer Management. In 2003 we talked about “Peak Oil” – still an issue but NEEM talks about “Peak Water” and the critical stage we are with it. Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Havana. This is a People to People Exchange Brigade with Cuba’s Best Ecologist and Agriculturist. A guest from the Composting Council with International projects and my good friend is invited. We will stay at comfortable places and know the cool spots to eat.
APRIL 20th – APRIL 27th 2014- NEEM
CUBA Agroecology and Sustainable infrastructure – Havana/Artemisa hosted by the founders of the movement in Cuba responsible for creation of 33,000 urban farms and led by Executive Chef Farmer and founder of NEEM. This delegation is for travelers, and an immersion in Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, urban farm systems, social justice in Cuba, unprecedented access to Cuban Agriculturist, organoponicos and the cool spots to eat.
MAY 2nd – MAY 9th 2014 - CHEFS MOVE – NEEM & A WANDERING FEAST with Chef Gabo Ensminger (NEEMs Founder Chef Farmer) - Agroecological 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 – A Wandering Feast”™. Havana/Artemisa. – a one of a kind People to People Exchange Culinary Arts and Agroecology delegation with Chefs and farmers in Cuba. An Agroecological and gastronomic Tour de Force . You will be hands on every other day; harvesting and cooking at my friends farms; or eating with farmers in the fields. Celebrate the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production and explore the inextricable link between the seed and the plate. This brigade is led by A Wandering Feast Executive Chef, Jeffrey Ensminger.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGROECOLGY and Organic Agriculture MAY ?th – MAY ??th 2014 – DATE TO BE CONFIRMED – NEEM w/Cuba Travel Services (CTS)
The preeminent gathering from 55 countries of Agroecologist and those working in Food Security using sustainable production and organic techniques complimentary to and working with the land as opposed to against it. In harmony with the earth in diversified productive systems. Brigade delegates will stay at Casa’s Particulars for meaningful People to People Exchange, good digs and great home cooked food. You will not return the same. NEEM is the only organization using the Casa’s Particulars.
JUNE 6th – JUNE 15th 2014 – NEEM w/Cuba Travel Services (CTS)
ENVIRONMENTAL CUBA – NEEM leads you from Miami International airport for a flight to Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, the Neem Project, Sancti Spiritus & Havana. This is a People to People Exchange Brigade in Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, biological alternatives to chemical inputs (neem tree project), Fair Trade (Coffee lands) and a focus on diversified agroforestry. This is an unprecedented whole island delegation. You will go places people have not been and see the best there is to see on these subjects. Stay at unique places that are comfortable, celebrate the end of the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production. 9 INCREDIBLE days
JUNE 21st – JUNE 27th 2014 – NEEM
ECOLOGICAL CUBA – Havana, Sancti Spiritus hosted by the founders of the Agroecological movement in Cuba, led by Founder of NEEM with a very special guest invited to attend, we will advise if his schedule allows. We got our Ecological feet wet in 1974 at the famous meeting in Mystic when the Citation Society, Green peace, Pete Seegar with the Hudson River Schooner the Clear water and a group of environmentalist came together to save Green Peace and discuss climate change. This delegation will research and talk the numbers that have not changed since 1974. Bring your research boots! This is a OFAC licensed delegation on Ecology and Climate Change with unprecedented access to Cuban ecologist. Celebrate the end of the day with the fruits of this countries sustainable production.
PAST DELEGATIONS: The Delegations in 2003, 2011 and 2012 delegates learned that the cooperative effort has results like dripping water that fills the pot. The IX International Congress on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture with 55 representative countries was amazing. The 6 2013 delegations were outstanding and all in the true spirit of people to People meaningful exchange. All delegations are different. No itineraries are the same. Travel with NEEM is truly a Cuban experience comfortable, enlightening and extraordinary? We are serious about what we do and we are serious about having a great time while we do it.
WHAT WOULD YOU LEARN? That two peoples with one passion are separated only by distance and politics. That sustainable agriculture using Agroecological methods is possible on a country level in Cuba then it is also possible on any 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.
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 hotel. 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: $490 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 90 days (or sooner) and Final payment is due no later than 60 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 30 days prior is 75%, 15 days at 50% and within 5 days prior no refund. Refund request must be made in writing as an attachment to e-mail or hard-mail. Contract Groups terms and conditions will vary based on how they operate but under NEEMs license as required by OFAC.
Contact NEEM with any questions about the program or logistics for this trip, at 919-683-1244 or e-mail: neem at mindspring.com (put CUBA in e-mail subject line). We look forward to hearing from you.
Travel, visa and Insurance: by Natural Environmental Ecological Management, licensed renewal pending by the Office of Foreign Assets Control Department of Treasury with our Travel Service Providers (TSPs).
In the early 1990s, Cuba’s agricultural system and food supply were decimated by collapse of the Soviet Union compounded by the U.S. embargo. The then-USSR supplied the majority of Cuba’s food inputs (chemical fertilizers and pesticides, fuel for transportation, feed for farm animals, and almost 60% of Cuba’s food. Cubans refer to these years as the“Special Period”. Cuba also had to move from its historic Corporate Colonial Monoculture system to a diversified agricultural system in an effort to meet citizens’ dietary requirements.
Cuba was forced to adopt sustainable agricultural methods. Lack of chemical inputs demanded natural alternatives on a nationwide scale. Cuba is organic by default, they have embraced it and excelled evolving over 20 years to the Sustainable Agroecological model it is today. M.E. Ensminger, Agriservices Foundation founder, established AG-Tech Schools in Cuba in 1995 (Iowa State) said: “Cuba will be the first self-sufficient country of the 21st century”.
NEEM Founder, Author, Environmental Executive Chef & Farmer: Jeff Ensminger has traveled extensively in Cuba. He attended PABEXPO the historic U.S./Cuba Agricultural Exhibition as Bahama Organics CEO, NEEM director and North Carolina delegate with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in 2002. He led U.S. delegations to Cuba on sustainable agriculture with most recent in 2011, 2012 and the upcoming 2013 brigades under NEEMs P2P license. He was awarded a certificate as an engineer in sustainable agriculture and led the last trip before People- to-People Exchange ended temporarily in 2003. Participants in that delegation were inspired, returned in 2004 and produced the famous documentary “How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”.
Ensminger is a long term member of the Latin America Working Group, Washington Office on Latin America, ECDET, LASA, OTA, CFSA, CEFS, an AMICI in the Monsanto suit and frequently in Washington on issues related to Agriculture, farm bill, Cuba, trade & ending the embargo. His upcoming book and documentary “Seed to Plate™ – A Wandering Feast™” of the sustainably produced foods of Cuba; is a “cause-related” book/series on Agroecology, Cuban Cuisine & culture with a percentage of sales going to NEEM and effecting positive change between our two countries!
NEEM promotes the Cuban model of urban sustainable Agroecology locally, nationally, and internationally with programs through universities, cities, and communities. NEEM replicates the Cuban model because it is a cooperative model that is environmentally sound, ecological, efficient, successful with sufficient infrastructure. Cuba and NEEM’s methodologies developed through dialectic approach and information sharing in Washington, Cuba and North Carolina since 1997.
“The key to Cuba is agriculture; it always has been”.
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