I come from California, the birthplace of fancy—but unregulated and therefore technically meaningless—food buzzwords like local and natural. That said, my first reaction at these kinds of terms is a little bit of an eye roll. Moving to Bogotá, I wasn’t too concerned with finding an organic or local label. I find little buggies in my broccoli every week, which says to me that what I’m eating is probably more on the natural side. However, if I can directly support small operators who really are doing their best to organically and sustainably farm, all the better!
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 impact here in Bogotá. Sembrando Confianza, which translates to Seeds of Confidence, is a non-profit which seeks to help Bogotanos in two specific ways. Firstly, they provide education on healthier food habits and help neighborhoods in Bogotá install self-sustained, organic gardens. Secondly, they support already operating urban farmers by connecting them with a market.