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.
When I got home I planned to follow up with a public slideshow, but instead we got the Covid pandemic. I made a series of blogposts, which you can revisit:
My Cuba farming trip. 1/20/20
A Cuban Bean Seed Bank 3/17/20
Finca Marta Agroecological Farm, Cuba 4/28/20
Cuban AgroEcology Tour: La Palma Farm, Pinar del Rio Province 8/4/20
Cuban Agriculture: Finca L’Armonia (Permaculture Farm), Viñales 9/29/20
Cuban Agroecology Tour: Finca Agroecológica El Paraiso, Viñales 10/27/20
Cuba Agroecology: Patio Pelegrin organoponico in Pinar del Rio, Cuba 12/15/20
Cuban Agriculture, Las Terrazas Ecovillage, Artemisa 1/13/21
Cuban Agriculture, French coffee plantation Cafetal Buenavista 3/03/21
Cuban Agroecology: FANJ and La Felicidad Permaculture Garden 3/31/21
Cuban Agriculture, Dinner at the Garden of Miracles restaurant with Rafael Betancourt 4/28/21
And now at last I have completed my slideshow, after begging photos from a couple of my tour group, to cover the gaps in my collection.
You can view the slideshow here:Cuba Agroecology Tour 2020
Your Chance to go to Cuba
And now I hope I’ve inspired you to consider going on one of the Organic Growers School Cuba Trips in early 2023
https://organicgrowersschool.org/events/travel-cuba/ This link includes a YouTube of testimonials
“This 9-day tour of Cuba’s sustainable farms, community gardens, and historical centers provides a rare opportunity to learn about the Cuban food system and learn about alternatives to corporatized agriculture. Participants will have the chance to:
Learn from farmers and food activists about Cuba’s transition to agroecological farming practices and its national policies that prioritize sustainable farming and hunger remediation.
Connect with farmers, consumers, activists, NGOs, policymakers, and experts working to transform the global food system.
Acquire the knowledge and strategies to create just, sustainable, local, and healthy food systems in your own communities.”
Check out the linked presentation for a summary of the January 2022 tour and for a sneak peek of the types of activities involved in the tour. OGS successfully operated a tour group in January 2022. No-one got Covid. OGS brought the first educational trip from the United States to Cuba since the beginning of COVID
Please see the OGS website for more information.
On the website you can get your most likely questions answered: legal, financial and health requirements, sample itinerary, reasons to visit Cuba, reasons to go with OGS, reasons to value agroecology, and a one-hour Info session video. The trip includes bus transportation within Cuba, a minimum of 2 meals each day, 9 nights in casas particulares accommodation, a very good ag-knowledgeable tour guide and tour manager, and entry fees to various sight-seeing exhibitions.