April is the season of rapid growth.
Seedlings burst forth in the greenhouse, blossoms alight with bees busily collecting pollen, and baby goats bounce around us like long-legged rabbits. Springtime is always a bustling time at the farm and we welcome the new growth. Along with an influx of new faces come old friends, returning for another season. Continue Reading
April has arrived, and nearly succeeded in pushing back the March winds.
A few more weeks of trumpeting noses and it’ll be time to dust off those lawn chairs. Which, admittedly, will probably make many of us sneeze again.
March was very productive March in Erdalandia. Last month a stalwart crew planted innumerable new starts and built a new hoop house at Blake, cleared out piles of junk, prepped beds at every site, mowed and created berms around a dozen trees at Barcelona, and much, much more. If you joined us for either of the Sunday Work Parties, or during the week, thank you! Continue Reading
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.