#53 Marigolds and sustainable agriculture in the Chilean desert

“It was a gift of the area,” Danitza Bugueño says of her field of marigold flowers. She moved to the Limarí Valley with the goal of working sustainably with the land and taking advantage of Northern Chile’s abundance of sun. Originally she started planting marigolds as a natural pest control, and soon found they flourished in the harsh environment. Now she focuses on the sunny flower, harnessing its many therapeutic and cosmetic applications, making a sustainable business through sustainable practices in an unlikely location.