Sustainable community development with the farm and Agroecological concepts as the fulcrum in a bottom up knowledge exchange approach to cultural sustainability 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 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. 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.
From CUBA to the U.S. SEPTEMBER: 16th – 19th
NEEM host Dr. Fernando Funes with our NC Partners at NC State University, Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Raleigh; Rural Advancement Foundation (RAFI) in Pittsboro/Chapel Hill, Carolina Farm Stewardship members, Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) and NEEM in Durham. This is a 5 State, multi-organization collaboration with SOCLA, University of Michigan, Delaware Department of Agriculture, University of Delaware, Vermont and VCI. We all look forward to this cooperative effort that has brought this esteemed expert and friend to the United States for knowledge exchange, promotion of Agroecology & the Cuban model. Look for his schedule in your area. North Carolina schedule for public presentation posted soon for September 17th & 18th.
Upcoming 2014 Delegations:
CUBA OCTOBER 17th – 26th AGRO DEVELOPMENT 2014
Colleagues: NEEM has an MOU with ACTAF. U.S. citizens should contact us for information on “Legal” travel to this event. However you decide to travel you should make this event! URBAN AGRICULTURE, COOPERATIVISM AND AGROECOLOGICAL RESEARCH Visit to agroecological farms and historical sites of the Havana, Villa Clara and Matanzas or,
AGROECOLOGY IN THE CUBAN WESTERN PROVINCES
Visit to agroecological farms in Artemisa, Pinar del Río, Mayabeque and Matanzas.
A “Cause Related” delegation arrives in Havana on Friday 10/17 with orientation and itinerary review in Havana. 10/18 – 10/20 – tour the Provinces (we will provide a baseline itinerary) with overnight in Santa Clara (Urban/coop tour) or the alternate (Agroeco West) in Vinalles; winding our way from each to Varadero, Matanzas on the 20th for the conference Varadero from 10/21 – 10/24. Return to Havana on 10/24 for two days in Havana, depart Sunday the 26th. Additional post conference four day field study on farms of our friends is optional and departs 10/29. Price includes Casas, pre and post itinerary, all conference fees, visa, 24/7 boots & light ground. An Agricultural Delegation with an Agricultural ground breaking organization at our partners conference. It doesn’t get any better than that!
$1900 Optional post conference: $2800
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. $5,295 with RT air from Miami
CUBA NOVEMBER: 15th – 23rd
CUBA – Agroecology, Sustainable and Organic Urban AG – Havana/Artemisa, Pinar del Río, Mayabeque, 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. We are not too verbose on this delegation, it speaks for it self! $2600 with RT air from Miami
CUBA DECEMBER: 5th – 14th
CHEFS, A Wandering Feast of Habana and surrounds with NEEM & Global Exchange 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”™ $2950 with RT air from Miami
CUBA DECEMBER 12TH – 21st: NEEM w/Global Exchange or CTS
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.$2750 with RT air from Miami
CUBA DECEMBER: 27th 2014 – JANURARY 4th: NEEM
CUBA Agroecology Brigade – “Seed to Plate” ™ Havana, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Artemisa, Pinar del Rio hosted by the founders of the movement in Cuba and led by Executive 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 and food security in Cuba, 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. $2950 with RT air from Miami
CUBA JUNE 5, 6 & 7 (arrivals) – JUNE 14, 15th
300 IN SOLIDARITY for PURPOSEFUL TRAVEL – Havana and surrounds. Cause Related Research, 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, two lunches and one celebration dinner for all participants. The Brigades will be within all legal parameters in this knowledge exchange for civil society in Cuba. Itineraries and Special guests TBA.
Additional 2015 Delegations post by topic and date soon!
Past Delegations go to: http://pinterest.com/cubago/
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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