"Cooperate" = to associate with another for mutual benefit
There are many ways to cooperate with Colectivo Sustento. This is exemplified in our community garden, and in our self-sustainability. There are opportunities to volunteer through Workaway, WWOOF, or Idealist.org. We run crowdfunding campaigns, and you can donate directly.
“Fair Groceries” food distribution network (in Santiago)
We launched into fair grocery distribution at the end of 2012. Over time, our basket of provisions diversifies and improves. By joining this network (only available in Santiago), you can buy healthy food, direct from our garden or the countryside (bypassing supermarket chains and distribution monopolies). This program is self-managed, and helps to sustain the community and educational work of Colectivo Sustento.
The story of Fair Groceries: In December 2012, we kicked off with the sale of eggs and lettuce from our garden. In 2013, we offered baskets of healthy products (eg. quinoa, seeds, nuts and dried fruits), vegetables from our garden, free range eggs and seedlings. From 2014 our hampers respond to buyers’ needs and seasonal variables. From March 2015, we provide Monthly Orders to an ever-growing group of supporters interested in eating organic products either from our garden or direct from small producers. From 2019, we offer our own Fito-health and cosmetic products (tinctures, ointments, essential and medicinal oils, dental powder, deodorant, etc), made from the medicinal herbs in the garden.
The income from the Fair Groceries sales covers Sustento Garden water use and materials, and is also distributed cooperatively among the collective’s Garden workers.