The Calabacitas Tiernas project has the following objectives:
1. Promote a variety of food alternatives focusing on three primary areas of alternative nutrition.
- Ovo-lacto-vegetarianism: All varieties of vegetables, grains, and legumes are eaten, as well as eggs and dairy prodcuts as the primary source of protein. The focus is entirely nutritional.
- Vegan: All varieties of vegetables, grains, and legumes are consumed, taking extra care to combine ingredients for adequate nutrition. Also motivated by nutritional interests, but with a focus on ethics as well; choosing not to participate in the exploitation of animals that is inherent in the harvest and production of an ainmal-based diet.
- Rawism: Motivated entirely by nutritional concerns, this diet is based on the idea that the fresher the food, the more probiotics and enzymes are present, in addition to the rest of the nutrients necessary for a healthy diet. All fruits and vegetables, grains, sprouted legumes, a variety of seeds, and fermented products are consumed.
2. Build relationshipswith a broad spectrum of local producers.
The state of Oaxaca enjoys a rich diversity of local products (fruits and vegetables, legumes, species, etc). Our proposal is to support that great diversity by making local producers the primary source for our menu. Many people are experimenting with small-scale cultivation but do not have easy access to the market. One example is Agrosano, with whom we have established an alliance for the cultivation of our vegetables.
Agrosano is a small, rural farming community established in 2009 to promote the production and consumption of organic agricultural products. Located in San Sebastian Etla, Oaxaca, Agrosano specializes in bio-intensive cultivation methods in the production of a variety of vegetables and grains, for their own consumption as well as for local markets, stores, and restaurants promoting local and sustainable production. They then share their methods with the public, through workshops, discussions and presentations in communities around Oaxaca state. They have also started producing and conserving organic varieties of native seeds that they cultivate on their own land and make available to farmers, local producers, and anyone else interested in food production. Their intention, above and beyond simply commercializing their products, is to promotea culture of healthy food production and consumption, and to contribute to the food sovereignty of Oaxacan families by supporting them in creating food gardens at home.
3. Diversify our food sources.
We believe that the current food and farm crisis is not just a result of how we produce food but also of which products, as consumers, we demand. If we diversify our diets, this will allow for the preservation of a greater diversity of seeds and crops. No more monodiets! No more monocrops!
4. Create culinary experiences.
We need to end the misconception that vegetarian food is boring. There’s more diversity in fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, and seeds, than in meats, and Tiernas Calabacitas will be a space for experimenting with flavors.