Organic Revolution: A 9-Day Trip to Cuba with Organic Growers School
Find more resources on Cuban Agriculture on our Additional Resources page.
When will the trip take place and how long can I be in Cuba?
Visa restrictions will only allow you to be in the country two days prior and two days post these dates (March 24 – April 5, 2018). Accommodations for additional days can be arranged at your own expense.
I can't attend; how else can I be involved?
- Attend the Information Session on the Cuban Sustainable Agriculture Movement with Eric Holt Gimenez from Food First.
- Donate to the Scholarship Program to make someone else’s trip possible.
This trip is currently a one-time program.
What can I expect to experience on the tour?
Trip Activities Include:
- Farm tours
- Farm service/work time (optional)
- Leisurely free time
- Food sovereignty discussions
This tour is not about providing charity or food donations. The cost of the tour includes compensation for the people we meet with, and often a donation to their organization or group. However, our purpose is not to offer paternalistic solutions. Rather, this tour will allow you to meet and forge solidarity with people and organizations that are working to solve food insecurity in their communities using local resources.
What are the legal considerations when traveling to Cuba?
Find more resources on traveling to Cuba on the Additional Resources page.
Why travel with Organic Growers School?
This trip will endow participants with a new vantage point from which to view US foreign policy and understand the corporate food regime. We aim to contribute to an enhanced understanding of the global food system—and the way people around the world are working to make it more democratic and sustainable—to bring back to our community, families and workplaces.
We’ve worked hard to keep the trip affordable, and believe you will find it competitive with the price point of trips offered by other organizations.
How will you prepare participants for the tour?
- Participants receive an Orientation Packet detailing airport logistics, packing lists, health updates, weather conditions and cultural traditions within the country.
- A conference call for registered participants will be held on on Saturday, Feb. 17th, Saturday @ 1:00 pm (EST), 10:00 am (PST) to discuss logistics about traveling to Cuba.
- Please Call-in: 1-712-775-8963
- When prompted, enter the Conference Code: 905123#
- Participants receive a Food First tour-specific “Reader” consisting of educational materials that give a foundation of the history, culture and politics of Cuba.
- Open communication with their Food First Tour Coordinator and the Organic Growers School representative (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the months leading up to the tour.
What does the trip cost and what are my options for payment?
A NON-REFUNDABLE $500 deposit, paid by credit card or check, is required to secure your place on the trip. Payments for the remaining $2,400 can be made in full or installments that work for you, but the final payment is due no later then March 1, 2018.
We will work with you to create an installment plan that works for your budget. $800 installments are preferred, however if they need to be lower and more frequent we can work out a payment schedule that works for you. Please contact email@example.com to discuss payment plan options.
Deposit checks can be mailed to:
Organic Growers School
c/o Cuba Trip Organizer
PO Box 17804
Asheville, NC 28816
What does the tuition cover?
- All in-country transportation during the tour including airport transfer to and from Havana airport
- Shared rooms in casas particulares (the Cuban equivalent of AirBNBs) for all of the nights on the tour. Private rooms can be arranged at an additional cost.
- 2 meals per day, plus bottled water to refill your water bottles
- OFAC approved People-to-People License provided by Altruvistas
- Food First trip leader and Organic Growers School representative
- Local guides, drivers, guest speaker honorarium
- Translation of all program activities into English
- Preparatory reading materials (Cuba Tour Reader) and Tour Orientation Packet
- All scheduled program activities, presentations and workshops
Price will NOT include:
- Airfare to Cuba: Airfare to Cuba is often very reasonable, and direct flights are available from Charlotte for as little as $250.
- Tourist Visa: Visas are purchased through your airline and range from $50-$100.
- Mandatory Cuban health insurance & airline taxes: Most commercial airlines include taxes and health insurance in the cost of your ticket. Please double check with your airline.
Please note we have a limited number of partial scholarships available for practicing farmers and food activists from the Southern Appalachians. Check out the Scholarship Information page for more information and to donate.
Who will participate in the tour?
Please keep in mind that we have a limited number of partial scholarships available to those who are active farmers or food activists in Southern Appalachia. If you’d like to apply or want to donate to our scholarship fund to support those who would not be able to participate without financial assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this a culinary tour?
How can I get more information?
- Listen to our recorded Information Session on the Cuban Sustainable Agriculture Movement with Eric Holt Gimenez.
- Learn more about our Scholarship Program including how to donate.
- Find more resources on Cuban Agriculture, History & Culture, Food Sovereignty and traveling to Cuba on our Additional Resources page.
- Learn more about our journey — a conference call for registered participants will be held on on Saturday, Feb. 17th, Saturday @ 1:00 pm (EST), 10:00 am (PST).
Please Call-in: 1-712-775-8963
When prompted, enter the Conference Code: 905123#
Any direct inquiries, please contact: Sera Deva email@example.com 828.208.0220
If you have any questions, please email Sera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sera Deva has a B.S. in Microbiology and Agroecology from The Evergreen State College. She was hired at OGS as the Farmer Programs Associate in 2016, and as the Conference Coordinator in 2017. When she’s not geeking out over genetics, systems theory or soil hydrology, she spends her time working for farmers, homesteading, and river jumping in the South Toe Valley.