The Erda CSA

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There are five basic types of Erda memberships.

  1. Member Participant: $600 for the 2015 season. Get involved and build community. Participate 3 hours a month in work, play, education, and food. Receive 1 “share” of the harvest weekly.
  2. Half-Share Participant: $300 for 2015 season.  Get involved and build community. Participate 3 hours a month in work, play, education, and food. Receive 1 “share” of the harvest every other week.
  3. Member Contributor: $1000 for the 2015 season.  Donate to the farm to help us GROW. Receive 1 “share” of the harvest weekly.
  4. Half-Share Contributor: $500 for the 2015 season.  Donate to the farm to help us GROW. Receive 1 “share” of the harvest every other week.
  5. Work-Trade Member: Harvest Helpers! Help us in the field to bring good food to the community. Wednesday mornings from 7 am to 12 pm.  Receive 1 “share” of the harvest weekly.

That’s six months of groceries of all-local, pesticide-, chemical- and GMO-free, biodynamic herbs, fruits and veggies. Eggs, kimchi, flowers, salves, tinctures, and other value-added products will often be available for your purchase as well.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

Early in the season you can expect various greens, such as collards, kale, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, and radishes. As the season progresses you might find potatoes, onions, garlic, green beans, leeks, beets, sweet potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and several varieties of fruits and herbs.

All of our produce is grown in Albuquerque’s historically and culturally agrarian South Valley, using biodynamic and environmentally-friendly methods, with absolutely no chemicals. Each week brings about eight types of produce, herbs and/or fruit harvested that same day just for you.

Collecting Your Share of The Harvest

squashBeginning the first Wednesday of May, and continuing through the last week of October, shareholders collect their weekly share of the harvest at one of our two distribution sites. 

Our South Valley distribution site for 2015 season will be at our Blake location just west (really, just west) of the corner of Blake and La Vega. Members who pick up at this site may do so between 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. At this site, you will find a helpful Erda volunteer and a chalk board that lists what produce is in your share for that week. Please allow yourself some time, as you will weigh and bag your own produce. 

Our University distribution site for the 2015 season will be in the south campus neighborhood near the Ernie Pyle Library. Members who pick up at this site may do so between 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Please sign up for more details.

Late same-day or next-day pick-ups can be arranged as needed. If you are unable to pick up your share, you may have a friend or neighbor collect it.

Membership

In addition to all the delicious, local, organic, biodynamically grown goodness, you can look forward to:

  • CSA Newsletter including information about the farm, recipes, and events
  • Share your own recipes on our website with CSA members
  • Supporting local agriculture and growing roots in your community
  • Ongoing opportunities to learn about biodynamics, farming and Anthroposophy
  • Reduced admission to workshops during the 2015 season
  • Access to local farm products and other value-added products

Volunteer and Work-Trade

We rely on volunteers to make our organization successful. Participation is a fundamental element at Erda Gardens.

Volunteering in the garden is great fun and is a real opportunity to connect with the earth, your food and your community. There are many opportunities to help out. We can always use extra hands on Wednesday mornings harvesting and preparing for distribution. We also have a monthly weekend work-party where members contribute work hours that fulfill participation requirements. The work-parties are a great chance to learn, have fun, and connect with other members in the Erda Gardens community. See our calendar for the next scheduled workday. Members can also earn hours by helping at the market, attending an Erda workshop, manning a station at an Erda event, or working along with the farm crew on one of their regularly scheduled days. We greatly appreciate your efforts. To find out more, contact us at 610-1538.

We graciously accept contributions of any amount to sponsor folks who cannot afford a share, which can be added to your total when you sign up. Donations are tax deductible.

To sign-up for a 2015 share, please complete the 2015 application or email us for assistance.