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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

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

THE COURSE:
• 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

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:
• 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

TO APPLY:

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
julie [dot] majoratmcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Julie Major)