Lessons from Cuba: AUNE Students and Faculty Study Sustainable Agriculture

Twenty members of the Antioch University New England community (AUNE), including current students, alumni, and faculty, are now in Cuba as part of a spring break course scheduled from March 10 – 20, 2015. The course, co-lead by Libby McCann (core faculty and environmental education director in the Environmental Studies Department) and Jessica Sanford, MS ‘11, examines Cuba’s sustainable food production, food security, and their resilience.

While in Cuba, students will visit farms, urban gardens, farmers markets, research stations and other venues to explore the Cuban food system and sustainable agriculture model. Other speakers and site visits will offer additional cultural and historical context.

The trip will also consist of a service-learning component allowing students to both apply knowledge and skills as well engage in critical thinking as to how the Cuban food system and sustainable agriculture model can be adapted to various locales.

Eco Cuba Network is the organizational partner for this trip and has extensive experience working with U.S. colleges and universities to run education and research trips from undergraduate to post-graduate professional development. Eco Cuba Network is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department to provide educational trips to Cuba.

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