Meet Flor from Buenos Aires, Argentina 🇦🇷 “My interest in growing food was born from question "Where, how and who produces my food?" The information from textbooks wasn’t enough to answer this; It was necessary to start growing my own food, and I did. In the middle of the city, on the terrace of a building, with little information but a lot of enthusiasm, I started to grow my food. At 3 months I was feeding myself from my harvest day; there was always something to eat. The flavours were delicious, fresh and more intense; I was discovering the real flavor of the vegetables. Neighbors and friends were enthusiastic and asked me for help to start their gardens. So I quit my job at the moment, started studying permaculutre and organic farming, and decided to dedicate my time to growing food and inspiring others to do so, and so Sitopia (the urban agriculture project) was born.
I grow food because it heals me, because I have the possibility to be eating fresh and organic from my garden and I am able to reduce my food carbon footprint. I grow food because this act teaches me every day, about life, about cycles, about patience. I grow food because it is a revolutionary act, of autonomy, empowerment and of love towards me, my city and the earth.
The biggest obstacle has been to understand that there is no single way to do organic and regenerative agriculture. At the beginning, when I started learning, I thought that my school had the best practices, but as I learned other ways to do it, always respecting nature and working for it, I understood that there are many ways to reach the same objective.
I dedicate a lot of my time to teaching classes, workshops and urban cultivation courses. I have been fortunate to accompany many people in the beginning of their lives as urban farmers, and to see how that transforms their lives has been one of the most rewarding experiences of this journey.
Start to grow food, in a pot, in a corner of the house, with a little bit of sun, not only for the fact of starting to eat from your pots, but also to understand that where we put a seed with conscience, the transformation begins.”