[permaculture] Travel to Cuba to Witness a Green Revolution

Kai Vido kaivido at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 6 21:46:56 EDT 2006

Sounds great, but who on a farmer's income can afford the $2350

--- "Lawrence F. London, Jr." <lfl at intrex.net> wrote:

> From: Nancy Vail <navail at ucsc.edu>
> Subject: [Csa-l] Invitation to Cuba for farmers
> Travel to Cuba to Witness a REAL Green Revolution:
> November 25 - December 4, 2006
> The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at the
> University of California-Santa Cruz and Global Exchange invite you to
> join us on a 10-day research delegation to Havana to learn about how
> Cuba has become a leader in organic and urban agriculture.
> When the Soviet Union collapsed, the island nation of Cuba found
> itself cut off from the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and
> herbicides on which its farms had long depended. To feed its people,
> the Cuban government undertook an unprecedented conversion to organic
> and local food production. Today, much of the country's fertilizer
> comes from some 175 vermicompost centers that produce more than
> 90,000 tons of compost annually. Thousands of urban gardens across
> the country help feed the island's population, and an estimated
> one-third of Havana's arable land is under cultivation. As other
> countries pursue conversions to more local and organic agricultural
> systems, many are looking toward Cuba as a model.
> During the 10-day delegation you will get the chance to talk with
> Cubans you would otherwise never meet-agronomists, government
> officials, community leaders, and ordinary Havana residents who are
> growing their own food. This is a unique opportunity to see for
> yourself an internationally recognized example of how to grow closer
> connections to our food.
> To Learn More Contact Zach Hurwitz at 800-497-2994 or
> zach at globalexchange.org or visit
> Who Can Go
> In the last 15 years Global Exchange has taken thousands of US
> citizens to Cuba. Although the US government closely controls who can
> go to Cuba, we will facilitate travel to the island for anyone who
> meets the requirements under the general license guidelines. For the
> purposes of this trip, you must be a full-time farmer, a paid
> full-time urban gardener/educator, or an instructor or researcher at
> an accredited university to meet the general license guideline
> requirements.
> Highlights
> o Tours of rural farms and urban gardens
> o Tours of composting facilities
> o Meetings with government officials, academics and community leaders
> o Discussions with ordinary Cubans about the struggle to grow their
> own food
> What's Included
> o Double occupancy room accommodations
> o Breakfast and Dinner
> o All ground transportation
> o Guides and translators
> o All program activities
> o Reading materials
> Cost
> $2350 from Cancun, Mexico.
> -- 
> *****************************************************************
> Nancy Vail, Farm to College/Community Supported Agriculture Manager
> Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
> UCSC, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
> (831) 459-4661   fax:(831) 459-2799
> navail at ucsc.edu    www.ucsc.edu/casfs
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