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Field Course: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security in Cuba

Truly, the Cuba field course was an incredible experience that I will remember forever. I enjoyed the diversity of farms that we visited and the garden restaurant in Pinar del Rio was the most beautiful place ever!! I learned so much more by seeing and experiencing than I would have only through reading about Cuba in a text book. The course was organized very well and it further fueled my interest in small organic farming. I spent this summer working on four different small farms from West Virginia to Poland to Hungary. I saw many of the same techniques that we learned about in Cuba which helped me find common ground with the farmers I was working with.”
-Gabriela Goszczynska,
AGRI 325 student from McGill’s B.A. program,
May 2014

May 1–May 16, 2015

with some orientation lectures at the end of the Winter term

Allow students to gain experience in agro-ecological technologies and examine issues related to food security and sustainable agriculture using the Cuban model

• 3-credit intensive course, expect to travel and attend lectures/field visits on any week and weekend day
• Field trips to agricultural enterprises in 5 Cuban Provinces
• Direct contact with field professionals, scientists and local students

• Structure of Cuba’s agricultural sector, regulations, and policies
• Sustainable agricultural practices
• Urban agriculture
• Land use and food security issues

COST:$2,455.00 CAN
(includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, transportation within Cuba, meals and taxes)

Cost DOES NOT include: tuition, immunizations, health insurance, exit airport tax (25$), and personal expenses


Submit the completed application form and a cover letter explaining your interest electronically to julie [dot] majoratmcgill [dot] ca

A maximum of 20 participants will be chosen after the application deadline. Once students are given an offer to participate, they will be asked to register for the course and a non-refundable 500$ deposit will be charged upon registration. The balance of the fee will be due in early February 2014

DEADLINE: January 24, 2015

julie [dot] majoratmcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Julie Major)