Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience Cuba 2012
Our Centennial College Team Our Permaculture Consultant Ron Berezan The Urban Farmer http://theurbanfarmer.ca/
Our Journey• We left Toronto on April 26 and returned May 9, 2012• We were welcomed to Cuba by Nacyra Gomez Crus and the Reverend Dr Sergio Aree Martinez, director of the Centre of Social and Educational Services - CESERSE• Our home base – Casa Del Carino , Varadero Loving Care Home
What is Permaculture?Permaculture is a sustainable and environmentalfriendly approach to food production.Cuba has embraced sustainable food productionsince 1991 during The Special Period.
What is Permaculture?3 Main Principles of Permaculture:Care for the EarthCare for the PeopleShare the Surplus
What did we do? We had an active and intense program of Permaculture orientations, site visits,workshops, dialogues, agricultural project work, cultural activities and leisure.
Where did we go?We visited farms in Varadero, MantanzasandHavana.We visited: Experimental farms Research farms Educational farms Restored community gardens Backyard gardens Coop farms All based on Permaculture.
We learned about.• Cuban government support for Permaculture – Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity• The history and struggle of Cuba and the Cuban people.• Cuban socio-political, economic and socialism• Reflection and sharing circles• Global Citizenship and Equity
May 1,2012International Workers Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of theinternational labour movement. This day is known as (el día del trabajo) inCuba. People march in the streets showing their support to their localsocialist government and the revolution during the whole morning. Wemarched alongside over one million Cubans on this day.
What did we do in Cuba?• Visited urban farms• Lectures and presentations on Cuban Permaculture• Experiential Learning• Cuban Cultural Activities• Living and Learning• Leisure
Cultural Activities• Provincial Baseball Game• Caving – Cuevas• Historical tour of Mantanzas• Tour of Old Havana• Tour of Fort Havana• Snorkeling• A bit of swimming
Field Work• JardinesBellamar• An 8 year project to create a 30 acre sustainable farm using permaculture techniques for the local community.
Field WorkWe worked hard: Cleared the land Mulched the trees and vegetables Helped to construct the community centre and library. Constructed concrete composting toilets for the community. Cleared garbage to create a community park Created a living fence
Learning• Daily circles of reflection• Daily group learning and working• Immersion in Cuban culture, agriculture and daily life• A different way to think about material consumption, sustainability, socialism and people learning from and helping each other.
What we took home from this experience. GCELE Blog Entry GCELE 2012 Video Questions? email@example.com Visit the Global Citizenship & Equity office today!