The Erda CSA

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We are currently enrolling members for 2013. If you are seeking a CSA, we look forward to growing for you!

The 2013 share price is $600. That’s six months of groceries, or $24/week for 25 weeks of all-local, pesticide-, chemical- and GMO-free, biodynamic herbs, fruits and veggies. Average shares are 5 lbs.. Eggs, flowers, honey, goat cheese and other value-added products will often be available for your purchase as well.

We DO anticipate selling out again, so please sign up early to guarantee a share!

As different vegetables and fruit are planted and harvested at different times of the year, you will receive a variety of produce. Early in the season you can expect various greens, such as collards, kale, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, and some other early veggies like radishes. As the season progresses you might find potatoes, onions, garlic, green beans, leeks, beets, sweet potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and several varieties of fruit. Year to year, we may plant a slightly different crop, but feel free to ask what you can expect as the season progresses.

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. We harvest almost all of our produce early on distribution day, except items like fruit and potatoes, which we often harvest the day before. Each week brings about eight types of produce, herbs and/or fruit. During the season’s peak, we harvest between distribution days to keep up and prevent waste. The produce harvested on these days goes to the Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market. Selling at market not only helps us meet financial goals; it helps us raise community awareness of our mission as a CSA.

Collecting Your Share of The Harvest

Beginning the first week 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. (In 2013, we may introduce a delivery option.) Please check your name on the distribution list for our records. If you are unable to pick up your share, you may have a friend or neighbor collect it; if no one will be available to pick up your share, please let us know in advance.

Our main distribution site for 2013 will be at our Blake location. A painted sign will greet you just west (really, just west) of the corner of Blake and La Vega. Members who pick up at this site may do so between 5:00 pm–7:00 pm. At this site, you will find a white 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. We appreciate donations of bags for other members to use.

Our alternative distribution site for the 2013 season will be in the UNM area. Please sign up for details.

Membership

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

  • Member handbook, directory and a weekly newsletter including information about the farm.
  • Recipes and post harvest tips for your produce.
  • Opportunity to be part of Community Supported Agriculture: reclaiming and renovating agricultural land.
  • Ongoing opportunities to learn about biodynamics, farming and anthroposophy.
  • Free admittance to all adult and child workshops during the 2012 season (material fees may apply).
  • Opportunity to purchase local dairy, eggs, honey, flowers 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 regular workparties, scheduled for the First Saturday of every month where members and other volunteers can pitch in and help out on various tasks around the garden. The workdays are a great chance to learn and to meet other members in the Erda Gardens community. See our calendar for the next scheduled workday. If these days are not convenient, or you are physically unable to work in the garden, there are many other ways you can volunteer your time and help the garden. We greatly appreciate your efforts. To find out more, contact us at 610-1538.

We understand that many people would like to participate in a CSA but may not do so for lack of financial resources. We graciously accept contributions of any amount to help these folks afford their shares, which can be added to your total when you sign up. Donations are tax deductible. We also offer a limited number of work trade positions (for part or all of share cost) each season. Please contact us

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please complete the 2013 application or call the farm phone, at (505) 610-1538, for assistance.