We have two dates for our Cuba Agroecology Tour!

January 3rd-12th, 2023 and April 4th-13th, 2023

The January tour date deadline is November 20th, head to this link to find out more and register!

What to expect on your journey

Pam Dawling, an important member of the Southeastern Organic movement and a long-time friend of OGS, traveled with us to Cuba in 2020. On that trip, the cohort traveled to Artemisa and Pinar del Rio provinces, and toured many farms that will be part of the itinerary for the January 2023 tour. Pam, who has been farming at Twin Oaks Community for over 20 years, documented her trip extensively on her blog, which we are sharing with you today!
“In January 2020 I was part of a group tour of Cuban farming organized by the Organic Growers School. In 9 days we visited 9 farms, had several speakers address aspects of life (and particularly farming and environmental issues) in Cuba, had a couple of walking tours, ate many delicious farm-to-table type dinners and still had time for a salsa lesson.”
Pam will also be teaching a Half-day Workshop at our Spring Conference this year with Ira Wallace on Year-round Vegetable Gardening. Don’t miss out!

What have other people said about their experience on the Cuba Agroecology Tour?

“This is definitely the most interesting and exciting thing that I have done in my life. My food interests, my agricultural interests, my history interests, politics, culture, travel… It’s like everything I love was in this trip. I loved it even more than I thought I would.” -Linda Slezak, Food First Food Sovereignty Tour Participant
“I’m writing to enthusiastically recommend Altruvistas as a fantastic organization to work with for an educational experience in Cuba. As a university administrator who runs over 13 international programs a year, I know how important it is to work with a trusted organization that has a strong vision, a focus on learning outcomes, and attention to safety, risk and liability. I can attest through my many years of working with [Altruvistas] … that [they] will organize a top-notch educational experience.” -Shoshanna Sumka Altruvistas Tour Participant, Global Learning & Leadership

“I had such an amazing adventure in Cuba! It was the perfect combination of wonderful experiences, decompression from my day-to-day life, and educational/eye opening experience about what Cuba has to o er and what they have and continue to endure. It will be interesting to see what the next few chapters have in store for this country as tourism in all of its forms continues to grow throughout the island.” -Kei Grant Altruvistas Tour Participant

Author: Julie Douglas

Julie is the Marketing & Communications Associate. She is the owner and Clinical herbalist at Wildkrafted Kitchen, a holistic healthcare company in Asheville, NC. Julie is a medicinal herb grower, ethical wildcrafter, educator, and formulator of internal and external medicines. After graduating with an AA focusing on Photography and Ceramic art, Julie went on to pursue their passion for sustainable small-scale agriculture in Washington state where she apprenticed on various organic farms. After discovering their affinity for medicinal herbs, they moved to Asheville to study Holistic Herbalism at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. Julie’s main goals are to make alternative healthcare accessible to marginalized communities, decolonizing herbal medicine, and be part of mutual aid networks which strengthen and empower the community.