Join Us on a Trip to Cuba
Organic Revolution: A 9-Day Cuban Experience
Organic Growers School is partnering with Food First and Altruvistas to offer a nine-day tour of Cuba with a focus on the country’s intensive sustainable agriculture practices. The transformation of Cuban agriculture was profound and swift in the early 1990s, yet it is an experiment that continues today in the countryside and cities alike. This tour will show you the country’s dramatic transition into agroecological farming practices and the institutions that made this shift possible. We will see firsthand what happens when national policy prioritizes organic farming and remediating hunger. This agricultural nation is in a time of transition and reform, and offers a lot to bring back to our WNC community in terms of systemic approaches to food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture.
When: March 26 – April 3, 2018. As part of the People-To-People Visa participants will be traveling under, you are allowed to come into the country two days earlier and stay two days later than the tour dates. Read more about the schedule on the FAQ page.
Where: In and around Cuba, beginning in Havana, and traveling to destinations such as Cienfuegos, Santi Spiritus, and Vinales. The complete itinerary will be posted by December 15, 2017.
Who: You! We want community members who are passionate and involved in the food and farming community. We’re so excited to share this experience with you.
Cost: $2,900 for the entire 9 day trip. Please keep in mind this can be paid in installments. Details of what the tuition does and does not cover can be found on the FAQ page.
Questions about this program? Contact Sera, Farmer Programs Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour highlights may include:
- Discuss agroecology in Cuba with Fernando Funes (co-author of Food First’s book on Cuban Agriculture)
- Visit the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Man and visit community permaculture projects
- Visit the Experimental Research Station Indio Hatuey
- Visit the Food Conservation Project for a lecture on food conservation and sovereignty and healthy food
- Discuss changes in US-Cuba relations and how they might affect the future of tourism and agriculture in Cuba
- Meet with the National Association for Small Farmers (ANAP)
- Visit a community agricultural education project
- Meet with a variety of small farmers and farmers’ cooperatives
About Our Partners
Food First is a “people’s think tank” dedicated to ending the injustices that cause hunger and helping communities to take back control of their food systems. They advance their mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. These work areas are designed to promote informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control our food and to integrate local, national and global efforts. Their work both informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty. They have been running Food Sovereignty Tours, including tours to Cuba, for over 20 years.
Altruvistas is a socially responsible and philanthropic travel company that organizes privately branded and customized tours for individuals, businesses, NGOs, foundations and institutions to complement their mission, bringing their vision or curriculum to life. For the past 23 years they have traveled to, lived with and overseen over 20,000 travelers to Cuba. In 2017, Altruvistas will organize about 80 international and domestic journeys, 50 of which are slated to take place in Cuba. They are excited to share with you a place near and dear to their hearts.