Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
NEEM (NATURAL ENVIRONMENTAL ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT) receives coveted “People to People” license for exchange with Cubans with initial Cuban research delegations set for December 7 and 28, 2012.
This license allows NEEM to bring delegates to Cuba focusing on agricultural and food security issues. NEEM led delegations are hosted by founders of the island-wide agro-ecological movement responsible for creation of 33,000 urban farms and 480,000 jobs.
Jeffrey A. Ensminger, Founder says “People to People is in keeping with our mission and vision. It is an expression of our work on sustainability and Cuba since 1996 in Durham, Washington and Havana to effect positive change between our two countries. We are honored to be one of so few licenses issued and our hope is that other applications and renewals are approved. Change will only occur through dialogue. In the meantime, we look forward to take a broad range of Americans to Cuba in the spirit of the license and sustainable concepts”.
NEEM promotes sustainable community development and use of disused properties for sustainable production as an economic development component and farming as an honorable alternative profession in the low income communities in Durham. NEEM addresses food security, obesity, nutrition, early on-set diabetes and promotes sustainable concepts while providing access to fresh food in absolute food deserts. Projects since inception are in public schools, churches, parks, yards, historic sites & greenhouses in the most challenging communities. NEEM’s profile is 100% sustainable production for those who socio-economically would not have access.
NEEM is public/private partnership replicating the Cuban Model of Agro-ecological and Sustainable Agriculture at Organoponico NEEM; an “Off the Grid” 11.2 acre FSA/USDA urban farm located in Durham, North Carolina.
2012 CUBA DELEGATION - Dates and Cost
NEEM is the only agricultural organization taking people to Cuba on agriculture.
DECEMBER 8th - DECEMBER 15th: $2300
CUBA Seed to Plate – A Wandering Feast of the sustainably produced foods of Cuba. A special delegation arranged for a small group in and around Havana. NEEM is an organization and UBPC Organoponico NEEM replicates the Cuban model in North Carolina on 11.2 FSA USDA registered inner city acres and dedicated to sustainable food security. NEEM delegates interact with Cuba’s finest agriculturist. We share days and eat dinner with them.
Brigade’s and all workshops will take place in and around Havana, (unless otherwise specified) and based out of the Hotel TBD with, Dr. Fernando Funes, President of GAO, recipient of Right Livelihood Award, and our host with unprecedented access on the trip of a lifetime, you will not have a better or more fulfilling experience. Best rate available, includes Miami RT flight to Cuba and one night (double) in Miami before departure – relax. We stay at cool places where you can change money, have Internet that works, get cabs with some amenities, nothing fancy – just nice and comfortable. You spend your time enjoying Cuba, not chasing money. NEEM has a “CUBAN attitude” – we live life, know the music, food and culture. Seed to Plate!
614 Shepherd St., Durham, NC 27701 (Office)
1001 Hazel Street and Wabash (Organoponico)