The story of CSA Flor do Cerrado!

We are starting the week with our first #CSAStory! ūüĆĪ

EN version:

Dear all, good morning. Hope you are having an amazing day. We are CSA Flor do Cerrado, we‚Äôve started in 2017 through a partnership between agroecological farmers with organic production in Serrinha do Parano√°, the NGO Associa√ß√£o Alternativa Terrazul, and the FRAMTIDSJORDEN Foundation – Sweden, through the project “Self-management, food sovereignty, gender, and climate change in family farming” supported by the Rede Terra do Futuro.

We are located in Serrinha do Parano√°, around Bras√≠lia ‚Äď DF in Brazil, with our meeting point in Condom√≠nio Priv√™, Lago Norte. We have two farmers in the CSA: Dona F√°tima and Dona Lindalva, both with production in the Serrinha do Parano√° region.

We believe that Community Supported Agriculture is a revolution, a philosophy of life, an example to be replicated and improved in Brazil and worldwide, aiming to value, praise and fortify the immense and costly work of small organic producers and farmers. There are no intermediaries in this format, and although removing intermediaries from this equation may seem insignificant, it has enormous symbolism to alter the relationship between farmers and consumers.

Intermediaries and resellers are mostly a group of people and companies focused solely on profit, paying the absolute minimum necessary to farmers, sometimes even less, complicating their lives with long payment terms, disregarding production volume, means of transportation and most importantly : the very existence and quality of farmers and employees lives.

One way our CSA cultivates hope is by existing and resisting in this current system that disregards and belittles the great value and richness that farmers have to offer through their hard work and extensive knowledge. Throughout the rural exodus process, us city folks have gradually lost contact with the environment and became exclusively dependent on intermediaries such as markets and supermarkets, and at most, a few existing organic markets. Not to mention the industrialization and mechanization that have slowly introduced pesticides, genetically modified seeds, and all kinds of technologies from their laboratories and industries, that are clearly harmful to our health and a huge threat to our existence as human beings, as well as climate change and the consequences it creates to mankind.

It is vital for us humans to reconnect with the environment and have harmonious and prosperous partnerships with farmers, as they are people so fundamental to our lives. CSA’s are of paramount importance in this process of reconnection between the countryside and the city, reflecting a spirit of love and respect for the land, for the farmers, and ultimately for ourselves, known in this system as co-farmers. Rebuilding lost bonds and connections, grain by grain, seed by seed, step by step. Dedicating our energy and money to this type of initiative is just a pinch of salt in the universe, but we know it is a step in the right direction, towards the future, towards love, towards unity.

Support CSA Flor do Cerrado and be a co-farmer!
Ricardo +55 (61) 98225-3211

Thank you very much for the opportunity, big hugs to everyone.

 

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PT version:

Prezados, muito bom dia a todos. Somos o CSA Flor do Cerrado, iniciamos em 2017 atrav√©s de uma parceria entre agricultores agroecol√≥gicos com produ√ß√£o org√Ęnica da Serrinha do Parano√°, a ONG Associa√ß√£o Alternativa Terrazul e a Funda√ß√£o FRAMTIDSJORDEN – Su√©cia, atrav√©s do projeto ‚Äė‚ÄôAuto-gest√£o, soberania alimentar, g√™nero e mudan√ßas clim√°ticas na agricultura familiar‚Äô‚Äô apoiado pela Rede Terra do Futuro.
Estamos localizados na Serrinha do Parano√°, no entorno de Bras√≠lia ‚Äď DF, e temos o nosso ponto de conviv√™ncia no Condom√≠nio Priv√™, no Lago Norte. Contamos com duas agricultoras: Dona F√°tima e Dona Lindalva, ambas com produ√ß√£o na regi√£o da Serrinha do Parano√°.
Acreditamos que o CSA √© uma revolu√ß√£o, √© uma filosofia de vida, √© um exemplo a ser replicado e aprimorado no Brasil e no mundo, com objetivo de valorizar o imenso e custoso trabalho dos pequenos produtores e agricultores org√Ęnicos. Retirar os intermedi√°rios dessa equa√ß√£o pode parecer algo pequeno, mas tem uma simbologia enorme para alterar a rela√ß√£o entre agricultores e consumidores. Os intermedi√°rios e revendedores, via de regra, s√£o um grupo de pessoas e empresas que visa apenas o lucro, pagando o m√≠nimo poss√≠vel necess√°rio aos agricultores, dificultando suas vidas com prazos grandes de pagamento, desconsiderando o volume de produ√ß√£o e a qualidade de vida dos agricultores e funcion√°rios.
Uma das maneiras que nossa CSA cultiva esperan√ßa √© existindo e resistindo a esse sistema vigente que despreza e menospreza o grande valor e riqueza que os agricultores tem a nos oferecer atrav√©s de √°rduo trabalho e vasto conhecimento. Ao longo do processo de √™xodo rural, os moradores da cidade perderam gradualmente o contato com o meio ambiente e se tornaram dependentes exclusivamente de intermedi√°rios como mercados, supermercados, hortifrutis, e no m√°ximo nas poucas feiras org√Ęnicas existentes. Assim como a industrializa√ß√£o e a mecaniza√ß√£o dos processos vem lenta e gradualmente inserindo agrot√≥xicos, sementes transg√™nicas, e todo tipo de artif√≠cios provenientes de seus laborat√≥rios e ind√ļstrias, t√£o claramente danosos a nossa sa√ļde e nossa plena exist√™ncia.
√Č vital que o ser humano se reconecte ao meio ambiente, e tenha la√ßos harm√īnicos, pr√≥speros e de parceria com os agricultores, essas pessoas que s√£o t√£o fundamentais para nossas vidas. Os CSA‚Äôs s√£o de suma import√Ęncia nesse processo de reconex√£o entre o campo e a cidade, e refletem um esp√≠rito de amor e respeito pela terra, pelos agricultores e finalmente por n√≥s mesmos, conhecidos nesse sistema como co-agricultores. Refazer os la√ßos e conex√Ķes perdidas, gr√£o a gr√£o, semente a semente, passo a passo. Dedicar nossas energias e nosso dinheiro a esse tipo de iniciativa √© apenas um gr√£o de areia no universo, mas sabemos que √© um passo na dire√ß√£o certa, na dire√ß√£o do futuro, na dire√ß√£o do amor, na dire√ß√£o da prosperidade.
Apoie o CSA Flor do Cerrado e seja um co-agricultor!
Ricardo +55 (61) 98225-3211
Muitíssimo obrigado pela oportunidade, grande abraço a todos.

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