Erda Gardens is Albuquerque’s oldest and first CSA. We’ve been in operation for 19 years, the last handful located in the South Valley of Albuquerque. Erda Gardens was started by Marie Nord, who tragically died on a vehicle accident several years ago. Her mission was fostered and nurtured by Head Farmer, Jimmy Pettit who has been our quiet but dedicated leader since then. Jimmy is retiring this year.
Our CSA at full capacity serves 40 members with a Learning Center Director, Administrator, Head Farmer, and a few Farmer apprentices. At this time, we grow produce only. We have access to a herd of goats and their milk on site which bodes well for children’s programs. We also have a few small hives that are cared for by a friendly tenant who lives in one of the oldest casitas in the South Valley on site. We have a drip system for watering, tools, and a donated farm truck for farm use. The land has water rights! We manage an old apple orchard at a different location in the South Valley. There is great potential here for the right person!
We are looking for a person with at least a few years of farming experience, has permaculture knowledge, has fruit tree pruning knowledge, is interested in Biodynamics and willing to use the practices on site, friendly, outgoing, and can host groups if needed. The hours are M-F at 40 hrs/wk. There will be 2-4 apprentices and/or interns working with you during the season. Currently, our farmers have a weekly meeting, study group, and host a community potluck and work day once a week.
Send resume to Sunny Morrow, Erda Administrator, at erdagardens@gmail.com, or call 505-610-1538 with questions.

Have you come by the Rail Yards Market this season?

Have you come down to Erda Gardens to get your fill of fresh air?

We have one more distribution (10/28/15) and one more day at the Rail Yards Market (10/25/15) for the growing season! Erda has signed up for the “Holiday Market” at the Rail Yards, December 13th, 11-4pm and there will be much media surrounding that day, so look for our table there.  You will find arts and crafts and some specialty items our members and staff have made for the winter season.

Happy Dog Days of Summer!

We’re in our home stretch of the 2015 CSA season!  If you (Member-Participants of the Erda CSA) need your work hours, this is a GREAT way to get them!!  This event is open to everyone!!

Erda Gardens and Learning Center is holding a Work Party at our 100-year old apple and pear orchard on Barcelona SW in the South Valley.  We held two beautification days there a few months ago where we rented a wood-chipper to take care of lots of downed branches, create mulch, and line pathways but much more needs doing.

Date: September 12th, 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 9am-12noon WITH POTLUCK from 12noon-1pm.

PLACE: 3011 Barcelona SW (see below)

Bring: Loppers, Trimmers and tree-tools, rakes, wheelbarrows, and work gloves to wear. 

Wear: long-sleeved shirts, long pants, brimmed hats, and closed-toed shoes.  Bring water to drink and a dish to share for the POTLUCK…your music and your smile.

The property is one we manage, but that is OWNED PRIVATELY BY A FAMILY. Parking will be limited to an abandoned side lot across the acequia (waterway) and on the same side as the property.  Another option is parking at the Blake SW lot by 8:45am and car-pooling with other attendees over to Barcelona SW.  No dogs allowed.  Children must be watched as this is private property.  There is a headstone on site which must be respected and given wide berth – that area will be roped off to human traffic. Any berries growing are to be left to the owners of the property for their consumption only.  There is a large contingent of bees on site, so if you are allergic, please bring needed medicine.

Bring your FRIENDS!  Rain or Shine (covered structure on site)!

Erda Gardens & Learning Center Staff and Board

Happy Dog Days of Summer!

We’re in our home stretch of the 2015 CSA season!  If you (Member-Participants of the Erda CSA) need your work hours, this is a GREAT way to get them!!  This event is open to everyone!!

Erda Gardens and Learning Center is holding a Work Party at our 100-year old apple and pear orchard on Barcelona SW in the South Valley.  We held two beautification days there a few months ago where we rented a wood-chipper to take care of lots of downed branches, create mulch, and line pathways but much more needs doing.

Date: September 12th, 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 9am-12noon WITH POTLUCK from 12noon-1pm.

PLACE: 3011 Barcelona SW (see below)

Bring: Loppers, Trimmers and tree-tools, rakes, wheelbarrows, and work gloves to wear. 

Wear: long-sleeved shirts, long pants, brimmed hats, and closed-toed shoes.  Bring water to drink and a dish to share for the POTLUCK…your music and your smile.

The property is one we manage, but that is OWNED PRIVATELY BY A FAMILY. Parking will be limited to an abandoned side lot across the acequia (waterway) and on the same side as the property.  Another option is parking at the Blake SW lot by 8:45am and car-pooling with other attendees over to Barcelona SW.  No dogs allowed.  Children must be watched as this is private property.  There is a headstone on site which must be respected and given wide berth – that area will be roped off to human traffic. Any berries growing are to be left to the owners of the property for their consumption only.  There is a large contingent of bees on site, so if you are allergic, please bring needed medicine.

Bring your FRIENDS!  Rain or Shine (covered structure on site)!

Erda Gardens & Learning Center Staff and Board

Here is our updated (as of August 2015) Farm Schedule!  Please take a moment to look it over and see when would be the best time to some on out and fulfill your Member-Participant, Work-Trader or Volunteer hours.  2015-Aug Farm Sched Updated.pdf

Summer Solstice & Open House Celebration!

Summer Solstice? So soon? Still feels like spring.

Come out and see where your food comes from!
We’ve planned a Summer Solstice celebration for June 21st (Father’s Day) from 4-8 pm. This is a potluck event (bring enough to feed 10), and child-friendly, pet-free, and alcohol-free event.  Plant in the garden, Biodynamic education & demonstrations, sing and dance around a campfire, share your music, trade-blanket and more. Earth-centered and Anthroposophical blessings…. care to add more?  There is no charge for entry and monetary donations are accepted.  Look for an advertisement at the Coop and other places around town. See you there!

Ready those bowls, plates, spoons, butter knives and appetites.

It’s our annual Soup-er Supper Fundraiser and Membership Drive Spectacular! Enjoy virtually unlimited food, music, kid-friendly games and activities, good people, and a discount on your 2015 CSA membership! That’s right, if you sign up that night*, we’ll give you $50 off your membership, no matter what level you sign up at.

The fun starts at 6:00pm at the ABQ Mennonite Church (1300 Girard NE), and runs till 8:00. Full details here.

The Soup-er Supper has long been one of our most beloved gatherings, and we look forward to sharing it with you, another year.

*Can’t, or couldn’t, make it, but want to sign up? Use the code soup15 at My Erda to claim your $50. This discount will be good until April 17.

Greetings, Erda enthusiasts,

As the winter chill releases its grip (we hope), the new Core Group met in early March to discuss the many changes we face. We talked about keeping our farmers fed and working, bringing in help for them in a way that will curb burnout (for everyone), and setting up committees for the Cesar Chavez Day of Service, our annual Soup-er Supper fundraiser dinner. That last one is slated for early April.

CSA memberships will go on sale in the next few weeks. We’re still tweaking our new web-system, ironing kinks, and drilling in on pricing. Rest assured, as you’re reading this now, you’ll be one of the first to know when we launch.

Meanwhile, as a wonderful reminder of Spring’s new beginnings, we also spent some time fawning over the latest additions to the Blake Road family: two beautiful, healthy baby goats. Congratulations and a round of “For she’s a jolly good fellow!”s to our resident goat-herd Laura. (Which nobody can deny.)

Many things are germinating here. Stay tuned for what’s soon to peek over the soil.

The Core Group met Saturday to welcome in many new members and bid several farewells.

We also set some big administrative parameters. We’ll get to the introductions and goodbyes in a moment. This next paragraph is the most important part of this message, so we put it up front:

The Core Group will now meet on the first Sunday of every month (next: March 1, 1:00p, 1305 Blake SW). March’s and April’s meetings have been added to the calendar, and we hope to see you there. (The Core Group consists of paying CSA members, work-trade volunteers, paid staff, and people brought into the Group by one or more of those folks.) One of our first orders of business on March 1 will be to finalize plans for this year’s CSA membership and Soup-er Supper. Stay tuned; we’re launching a whole new website in the next few weeks, to make both registering and paying for the CSA a breeze. Read More

Friends, Burqueñas, urban and countryfolk, it is time.

We will hold a general election for our Board of Directors on February 21, 2015.

Erda needs strong leadership, fresh ideas, and passionate, committed individuals.

If you want to put your hand to the helm and steer the farm in 2015, this is your opportunity to pitch your candidacy. Anyone may serve on our Board as long as they do not benefit, directly or indirectly, from that service. In other words, if you have or want to kindle a business relationship with Erda, you are not eligible for service. (We still love and want to work with you, though!) Read More