First, some thank yous:
Thanks to all who joined us for our Soup-er Supper last Sunday!
Thanks, CNM Chronicle, for the great write up on Tuesday!
Thanks, McCune Foundation, for continuing to fund our work at Erda Gardens!
There’s so much to do!
March is packed with opportunities to get down to the farm, enjoy the spring sunshine and learn how to start your own backyard garden, here are a few of the upcoming events, check out our Events Calendar for more! Continue Reading
This Sunday! March 2, 6:00–8:00pm
ABQ Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard NE
$15-20 suggested donation
$5 for kids under 10
No one turned away due to lack of funds
This annual event is a great way to support local farmers and learn how you can support and share in the harvest. This is a great time to renew your CSA Membership or become a first-time member, as anyone who pays in full for the 2014 growing season gets a $50 dollar discount on the total cost of a share. That’s six months of fresh, pesticide-free, biodynamic fruits and vegetables for $550! The menu is still growing, but here are the homemade soups and sides you can count on:
- Carrot Curry Soup
- Cuban Black Bean Soup
- Pinto Bean Soup
- Green Chile Stew
- Beef Stew
- Artisan Breads Continue Reading
Spring is in the ground. Woo! Change!
A few months back, at a biodynamic spray, friend of the farm Michael Reed reminded us that everything around us has already begun its spring preparations. Plants know instantly by the length of light that it is safe, and important, to anticipate a new growth season. Several of us took this insight with us, into our bones, a capsule yesterday and tomorrow, to hold us over today.
We approach February gingerly. This winter we’ve been teased with perfect hammock-drooping afternoons. As we hear talk of our driest winter on record, we begin to plan for a new kind of summer, a new kind of rainfall. We remind ourselves that we humans are a profoundly adaptable bunch. With our eyes open, we can do so much.
Some of you may have heard whispers of a potential water crisis, spurred by a new development on the West Side. This is real, it is serious, and it affects all of Albuquerque. We’re partnering with La Orilla Farm to launch a public awareness and action campaign. We’ll be sending more information soon, including how you can make your voice heard.
Now for some great news!
Erda was selected to receive the “bag credit” at La Montanita Co-op for the month of February. So when you go shopping at La Montañita Co-op this month, bring your own bags and don’t forget to donate the credit to Erda Gardens and Learning Center!
It’s almost time for our 2014 Soup-er Supper Fundraiser and Membership Drive.
Albuquerque Mennonite Church
Sunday, March 2nd
5:00 – 7:00 pm
1300 Girard Blvd. NE
Live music, delicious dinner and plenty of family fun to be had this year. This annual event is a great way to support local farmers and learn how you can support and share in the harvest. A great time to renew your CSA membership or become a first-time member, as anyone who pays if full for the 2014 growing season gets a $50 dollar discount on the total cost of a share. Full menu and musical guests to be announced. $15-20 suggested donation, $5 for kids under 10. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
The Backyard Farming Workshop Series, in partnership with Bernalillo County Open Space and the Hubbell House Alliance starts back up again this Saturday, Feb. 8. These workshops are FREE and open to the public. However, this year we are limiting the number of participants, so please pre-register.
February 8th: Fruit Tree Care and Pruning
Learn proper techniques for pruning, which fruit trees thrive best in your landscape, when to plant and proper planting guidelines. New Mexico State University’s tree expert, Joran Viers, will lead the presentation and hands-on demonstration.
February 22nd: Edible Bushes and Shrubs
Shrubs are an important part of one’s landscaping, offering a number of benefits including beauty, wildlife forage, and space delineation. Come and learn about which native shrubs are good to incorporate into your backyard as well as winter care and pruning techniques led by Wes Brittenham from Plants of the Southwest.
See all events coming up in the next few months on our events calendar.
Every time we eat, a farmer is present at our table.
If we are lucky, we know the individual who milked the cow, harvested the potatoes, picked the green beans and raised the turkey. In most cases, there are many hands that harvest, carry, process, pack and deliver the goods we eat. We may know the person stocking shelves or say a genuine hello to the one who rings up the purchase… but that’s as close as we’ll get.
As the holiday season starts its frenzied pro-consumer decent, please take pause and remember that each meal is dependent on many faces we may never see. We can keep giving thanks to all those who helped put food on our table.
Giving thanks to our Core Group
Now that our growing season has come to a close and the garden sites are unusually quiet, we begin planning for the season to come. A huge THANK YOU to the Core Group for all their time and energy. The Core Group helps shape and guide Erda’s direction.
Several new positions are opening in next year’s group. If you are interested in joining, please contact us now!
Next Erda Events
December 1, 2013, 11:00 am
The Garden Room, at The Source (1111 Carlisle SE)
Come with your child for a warm and gentle advent experience. Following a story, children light their apple candles an walkthrough and evergreen spiral. Brought to you by the local anthroposophical group. $5 per family. Please pre-register with Sally.
December 7, 2013, times depending
Erda HQ (Blake and La Vega)
Tickets are still available for our adults-only evening of crooning Jazz, 20s style and bootleg goodness, in a building used once for a real Speakeasy. Tickets start at $50 to party; $150 to have dinner with local Swing luminaries Le Chat Lunatique. Get tickets and more information here.
Greetings Erda Friends!
The 2013 CSA Harvest Season has finally come to an end, and once again we would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has supported Erda this year. Your time, labor, financial support, potluck meals and community spirit all helped make 2013 a great year on the farm. Though this season’s CSA is over, there are still many exciting events in the next few months.
Backyard Farming Workshop
This Saturday, November 9, from 9:00–12:30, at the Gutierrez-Hubble House. This month’s topic is a Conservation Farming Forum. Full event details (including directions) here.
Volunteer and Member Appreciation Evening
The evening of Sunday, November 17, we would like to invite you to our our farm managers’ house, to say thank you. If you’ve been a member or volunteered this year, please RSVP to erdagardens [at] gmail [dot] com, and we will send directions and relevant information. This is our opportunity to thank all of you for your support, so please come if you can!
Speakeasy Fundraiser Party
We are really excited to announce our Speakeasy Fundraiser Party on Saturday night December 7 at the historic Territorial House, located on Erda’s Blake Rd property. This house was once a Prohibition-era speakeasy, so in our efforts to buy the farm, we are hosting an extravagant party unlike Erda has ever seen before. We’ll have music from local luminaries Le Chat Lunatique and Joan Cere with Dan Dowling along with food, revelry, and period costumes. We’re almost done setting up ticketing for this event, and will send an email shortly.
Tell Us What’s Up!
Was there something this season you just loved, and want to make sure you see again? Something we could do better? Too much of one food, not enough of another? Our 2013 Survey takes only about 5 minutes to complete, and helps form a whole year of activity. If you haven’t spoken your mind yet, please do so here. And thank you!
Stay warm and we look forward to seeing you soon!