A crisis has a cause and provides new opportunities for growth. An overall weakness in Venezuela society is “dependency versus self-sufficiency”. The national economy is highly dependent on oil, many Venezuelans depend on the government as their provider, and many young adults live at home having their parents provide for them. Self-sufficiency was always an important issue for the Prout Research Institute (PRI) in Caracas. We now assist our close friends at the farm Centro Madre in Barlovento who are applying almost 20 years of experience in farming and community work to different projects that continue to stimulate self-sufficiency.