Agroecological concepts and the infrastructure required to support it in a bottom-up knowledge exchange as the fulcrum to Sustainable community development is NEEM’s core mission.
“ALL FOOD THAT’S FIT TO EAT”™
NEEM is a “Cause Related” organization. A percentage of proceeds from consulting and delegations 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 FIRST American organization 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. GO with experts before it changes. Go where others can’t, experience the culture and Cuba. It’s a Round Trip to Cuba, and One Way to go; with NEEM.
CUBA GO! Deposit at SQUARE - fast – secures space
Consulting and Agricultural delegations - Normalization of Cuba and U.S. relations will bring slow changes to both countries laws – we keep you up to date as information is developed.
“By the time we finished NEEMs 4 structured group days we were Cuba savvy. Your help and knowledge made the research days a complete success! Thanks for a creative concept it was a best of both and a perfect balance”
“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 truly an incredible journey.
Bolivia - NEEMs Founder to Bolivia as a guest of Bolivia in July on an exploratory delegation.
Congress – end the embargo - the American public no longer want restrictions to positive change
CUBA - JUNE 19th – JUNE 28th Trip Code: 06192015
NEEM is pleased to convene Tropical Study groups, Agroforestry and Agroecologist to SOLEDAD via Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos. NEEM formed SOLEDAD Foundation to preserve the Atkins Aboretum, Harvard Botanical research papers for preservation of this historic site with its rich U.S./Cuba history.
The U.S. and Cuba are agricultural countries and preservation of shared history and facilities remains important. Think Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s papers/house) of Agroecology and Tropical study.
The goal of the foundation will be preservation and continuance of that history and to use as a facility where Cuba and U.S. environmental policies can be developed. On the way back to and in Havana we’ll go to our favorite organoponicos.
This is a “Cause Related” immersion and a kick off to the SOLEDAD Preservation Foundation ( https://squareup.com/market/neem/soledad-preservation-foundation ). NEEM delegates day’s are structured to provide meaningful interactions with Cuban people. Price includes pick up at airport, Casa’s or hotel, orientation with NEEM as group, Soledad Botanical gardens, full itinerary, visa, breakfast each day, some lunches, one Celebration dinner and departure transportation. Deposit to secure and passport scans are required ASAP. $2200
This is the kick off delegation to Soledad and you are invited to be a part of that history. $2000
Donations to SOLEDAD Foundation: https://squareup.com/market/neem/soledad-preservation-foundation SOLEDAD full membership discount
International Permaculture Convergence and Conference
If you missed IPC 11 in Cuba in 2013 then consider joining a U.S. delegation with NEEM September 8 – 16th (Conference 8 & 9th or Convergence only 10 – 16th), 2015. There will be an estimated thousand people from all over the world for two days of conference in London then converging 20’ minutes from London at Gilwell for 6. The International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) is a unique global gathering of people passionate about permaculture. Estimated $2200 with Round Trip from New York
CUBA – SEPTEMBER 25th – OCTOBER 4th - Chefs, Culinary & Food Security
Trip Code: 09252015
Chef Moves Chefs to CUBA – NEEM & A WANDERING FEAST– Havana & surrounds – CIA ‘80 Chef Farmer Ensminger leads this “Seed to Plate” gastronomic Tour de Force! As founder of NEEM (1996) and Principal of A Wandering Feast (1984) Chef Ensminger will take you to those special places at the farms for the cultural or indigenous twist and to his favorites spots in Havana. You will understand the cuisine of Cuba which is quite unique “Criolla” and different from “Creole”. This delegation is for professionals, Chefs, Nutritionist, Growers, Food Councils, Co-ops & Food Security enthusiast. Delegates will be dining in the field at friends farms and Organoponicos in Havana and surrounds. We’ll stay at Casa Particulars (except for the four ravel days) for the true People to people experience w/site visits to some favorite places. This delegation is in honor of my friend Executive Chef Gilberto Smith; the Cuban Chef of State until his early demise. Gilberto was known as the Escoffier of Cuba. “Brigada Gastronómico Agroecológica” Cost $2850 (incl. RT air from Miami)
Delegations travel People to People and in accordance with all regulations set forth by OFAC until the embargo is over. We fly from Miami, not Cancun.
We have been active in Cuba on food and sustainable agriculture since 1996. Roll with the pros, roll with NEEM and A Wandering Feast
CUBA - OCTOBER 9 – 18 Trip Code: 10092015
PARTNERS of the AMERICAS members delegation on Agroecology, Rain Water Harvesting & alternative energy efficiencies – Havana/Artemisa, Pinar del Río, 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. A “Cause Related” immersion into the Cuban UBPC (Cooperative), CCS, Indio Hatuey and some of our very favorite spots. “Seed to Plate” A Wandering Feast. NEEM delegates day’s are structured to provide meaningful interactions with Cuban people, tour days, a walking tour and remaining professional research and meetings. Price includes Casa’s, full itinerary, visa, breakfast, some lunches and one celebration dinner. An Agricultural Delegation with leaders in the field. $2150 Note: Member early bird discount $200
Deposit at SQUARE is 2.75% is immediate, inventoried and cap’s at 15 – 20
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 American group to bring folks to Cuba and stay at Casa Particulars 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. Average trip costs is itinerary dependent but low compared to most with variables like Casa’s vs. hotel. 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. Delegations fill quickly. Your commitment insures space.
Price Includes: Cuban visa, insurance, double Casa/hotel accommodations, Breakfast, some lunches, celebration dinner (paid by delegates), translation, insurance, transportation, and program fees under general license. Cost: Listed above, double occupancy, single occupancy supplement, $ varies per accommodation. If a double is not gender or count available the supplement applies. NEEM is not responsible for Government policy changes that affect cost or itineraries. Prearrange independent travel and it is not included but we hold your casa.
How to Register: Please chose your date, call, send your passport scan and make the deposit of $400 to insure space before delegation fills (highly recommended). Final payment is due no later than 60 days before departure. These terms are based on Cuban requirements. 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 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 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 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.
“ALL FOOD THAT’S FIT TO EAT”™
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