This past week I learned about a really cool non-profit organization who is using a CSA-type program in order to make a big social here in Bogotá. Sembrando Confianza, which translates to Seeds of Confidence, is a non-profit which to do two fantastic things when it comes to food: firstly to provide education on healthier food habits and help neighborhoods in Bogotá install , organic gardens and secondly to support already operating urban-farmers by connecting them with a market.
Sembrando Confianza currently works with 30 local producers, all of which are within the localities Bogotá. The idea of farming within this city seems impossible and it’s true that these producers face some interesting . At the information session I heard stories about the incredible ways people are using what they have to make a living—from growing lettuces on rooftops to one woman who uses neighborhood green spaces so her five cows can graze.
However, space limitations aren’t the only these farmers face. Most of the producers are located in San Cristóbal, a very neighborhood in the south of the city where many families live in vulnerable circumstances—employment, security and adequate are daily concerns. Many of these producers had already been farming or making their products, but were unable to connect with a market because of serious challenges to transportation. Without a car (and a are without), it’s impossible to move products the hour and a half or so to more central parts of the city.
That’s why Sembrando Confianza’s work is so great—they’ve in to connect these local producers with a wider market who can pay a price for the time and labor required to grow or make their products. In , the Sembrando Confianza organization trained these urban farmers on how to sustainable and organic practices, and routinely ensure that they these standards.
Next week I’m forward to eggs, fresh made yogurt and quinoa bread, as well as whatever vegetables and fruits have been that week. Boxes are delivered to your home each Wednesday and in price (based on the size and variety of products) from 35,000-70,000COP. Even better, you can add on various other items such as charcuterie, honey and coffee.
If you live in Bogotá and want to try one of their weekly , visit their website here. And before you go, use the comments section to give a to a small, local business—whether it’s food, a local designer or artist—that you love here in Bogotá.