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Erda Gardens and Learning Center has the opportunity to purchase and preserve the historic property where it has been farming in Albuquerque’s South Valley. A Speakeasy fundraiser in one of America’s oldest houses will raise funds for the organization and draw attention to the property’s rich cultural history.

Founded in 1996 by a Franciscan nun, Erda Gardens and Learning Center was Albuquerque’s first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. Free workshops for adults throughout the season, spearheading summer Farm Camp programs for children, and restoring and transforming a historic orchard are just a few of the community engagement programs the organization offers. After seven years converting a parking lot to an abundant garden, this non-profit has the opportunity to purchase the restored land and historic houses from their current owners.

“This land is our heritage and our future,” explains Amanda Rich, Director of Erda Gardens and Learning Center, “We want to preserve this special corner of the South Valley for generations to come.” Rich points out that most small farms in Albuquerque are not owned by the food-producers who work the land. “A land purchase like this, spearheaded by the community, is both exciting and unprecedented,” she concludes.

The Speakeasy fundraiser will be held in an adobe house built in 1630, listed on the National Park Service website as a stop on the Camino Real (Estancia de los Jaramillo). During prohibition, local residents manufactured bootleg liquor on this site. 1920s attire is encouraged, and music will be provided by gypsy jazz band Le Chat Lunatique and local blues artist Joan Cere, with guest Dan Dowling. We will be partying the night of Saturday, December 7, 2013.


Moonshine: $50   Includes libations and live music. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Chartreuse: $150   Includes a locally-sourced dinner at 5:30 pm, libations, live music and raffle entry.

All tickets include off site childcare with a shuttle to and from the party. For more information or to donate to the campaign, visit, or call (505) 610-1538.
All proceeds of this fundraiser benefit our campaign to purchase the historic land and buildings at our main farm.

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