This is the fourth instalment with Cristela, a real family farmer from Colombia.
ÁD: Close to your family farm where we are right now, there’s a dairy farm and I was wondering if you have ever interchanged things, sort of like a direct trade that did not involve money. For example, you give them quinoa and they give you milk in return. Or something like that. Do you do this at all?
C: I have traded things! For example, I pay my daughter’s English lessons with whatever the teacher would like to pick from the farm. She goes to the lessons and then the teacher who knows that my produce is organic says teaches my daughter English in exchange for some groceries. I have another example too. The other day I needed to get my roof and some furniture fixed. So a young man came and helped us out and what he wanted in exchange was quinoa and some fresh vegetables from the farm.
ÁD: That is very, very cool. It really reminds you about what money is and that money doesn’t exist for its own sake but that it’s just a tool for interchanging value. So you’re doing a really good job here because even if sometimes access to the market is difficult, at the end of the day selling your produce is just a way to get money to then buy something with it. You’re skipping a whole step. Making money non-essential.