Thursday, March 26, 2015

CSA 2015 - Offering Shares

 
We've been offering CSA shares for the past two seasons and will be doing it again this year.  

Each week, from June to October (20 weeks), CSA members pick up a box of produce grown at the farm (sometimes supplemented by produce grown at one of our sister local organic farms like Green Tractor and Synergia Organics).

Being part of our CSA means engaging in the rejuvenation and strengthening of truly local agriculture, and becoming more indigenous by eating food grown with your involvement, your caring and your prayers.

In offering a CSA, our intent goes well beyond providing people with the freshest and most nutritious food.  We want to offer an opportunity for CSA members to genuinely get acquainted with the farm, the farmers (and the chickens) who grow their food.   

Our CSA offers the opportunity for you to reconnect with the rhythms of nature by eating produce when it is in season. We also offer individuals who join our CSA an opportunity to reunite with the Earth and community in a meaningful way, while often rekindling a quality of spiritual nourishment they may have been missing.

Joining our CSA comes with a requirement to participate in the life of the farm so as to develop an intimate connection with the source of your food as well as your community. 
  
We are passionate about what we do and how we do it.  We make our own compost and potting soil.  We use Biodynamic principles and make some of our own Biodynamic preparations. We pamper our plants and cherish our soil. 

What we offer is priceless and our true joy stems from the circle of relationships we create around the farm, and the opportunity we offer for families and children to come visit the farm and soak up the energy emanating from a piece of land stewarded with love and in community.

Each year we offer 20-25 CSA shares and give priority to families with children. 

If interested in joining our CSA, we want you to seriously consider whether you can or truly want to contribute to the life of the farm by donating at least 2-3 hours a month.  The quality of your presence is what matters.  We always have plenty of things for you to do, from very simple such as cleaning a kitchen or sorting plants to harder, more physically demanding work if you need the exercise!  If you have children, by all means bring them to the farm to play in the dirt.

If interested in joining our 2015 CSA, please request an application here.

We look forward to growing nourishing food for our community.

Dominique, Poki, Melanie and Rachel
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!


















Ready to plant your garden?   (after that rain, the conditions are ideal!)

Starting tomorrow Sat. March 21, we'll be selling our world famous organic and Biodynamic vegetable, herb and flower starts at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. 

We are also selling seeds and flower essences.

Our seed booth will be inside the Farmers Market Hall and our plant starts booth will be outside.

VEGETABLE STARTS
Kale Curly
Kale Russian
Kale Nero (Dino)
Mizuna
Spinach
Cabbage Green
Cabbage Red
Collard
Chard
Tatsoy


FLOWERS
Cosmos (Candy Stripe)
Cosmos (Psyche White)
French Marigold (Lemondrop)
Bachelor Button (Polka Dot)
Zinnia (Thumbelina)
Calendula Resina
Sweet Pea (Knee High Dwarf)
Golden Marguerite


HERBS
Borage
Cress
Mammoth Dill
Yarrow
Chamomille


Some of our tomatoes

Our new propagation house



Rachel, one of our interns

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Organic Gifts for Christmas





Seeds
Healing Salves
Flower Essences
Gift Certificates ($25, $50, $75, $100)

available at the Saturday Farmers' Market or online here


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gifts for the Holiday Season-Flower Essences, Healing Salves and Seeds

Looking for something unusual, handcrafted, organic and locally made for a Christmas gift?

This year, we've been making Flower Essences and Healing Salves with Certified Organic flowers and herbs grown at the farm.

During the next 4 Saturdays, up until Christmas, we will be selling these products at the Farmers' Market along with our Certified Organic Seeds.  We have adorable gift boxes for all these items.

These products are also available year-round through our website under "Products". 

See our complete list of products and their qualities here.

Please visit us at the Farmers' Market to get your very special complimentary Holiday hug...

Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!  

Poki and Dominique



 



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Last Day of our Fundraising Campaign!

























The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. 
Abraham Lincoln


So far, we've raised $18,000 through Indiegogo, $1,500 through mail-in donations, and a private foundation is willing to grant us $100,000.  We are almost there!

Visit our campaign and please contribute if you feel inspired.

Campaign ends tonight Nov. 4 at 11:59pm Pacific Time


Thank you for all your Love and Support!

Poki and Dominique

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Starting Book Club

Hi! My name is Gaya, and I recently joined Poki and Dominique on the farm as an intern. 

I am writing to you today to invite you to be a part of a "Gaia Gardens Book Club"! 

The group would be designed for those interested in learning, thinking more about, and discussing with others the big questions which growing food for an urban community puts on our plates. The idea came to me from the following brief meditation on my first few weeks working with the veggies:

A garden is a place to experience transformation. With each new morning we return to the arroyo to find the scarlet-runner beans have lengthened an inch overnight, that a baby cucumber has swelled to a glistening, crescent gourd, or that clusters of tomatoes have plumped and ripened in their beds. This is the magic that drives us from one row of kale, to chard, to kohlrabi to carrots to the next, and that sometimes makes me think of my job as treasure hunting. But there are other changes that don't just appear, that are not as dramatically perceived in our daily surroundings, and that we must cultivate with as much care, and imagination, as when waiting for the first seeds to sprout….

I am interested in reading not only to put my daily work as farm volunteer into perspective, but also the choices I make as a consumer, omnivore, and constituent in a highly stratified foodscape. We could read works of history, philosophy, anthropology, poetry, and folklore touching on topics such as biodynamic farming, the urban agriculture movement, community land trusts, and climate change.

The Book Club would meet in the evening once every other week for informal discussion, tea and munchies. The exact time and location will be determined once we know who is interested, and when they are available. Poki has suggested meeting at Annapurna restaurant during their Chai Happy Hour! The final reading list will be put together collaboratively, but just to start the conversation, here are a few suggestions. Online sources such as blogs, articles and films could also be great to share and talk about as well.

Steiner, Rudolf. Agriculture: Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture
George, Henry. Progress and Poverty
Davis, John Emmeus, ed. The Community Land Trust Reader
Boggs, Grace Li. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
Petryna, Adriana. What is a Horizon?: Toward an Anthropology of the Environment and Climate Change
Holmes, Seth. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

Please contact me if you are interested!


Peas,

Gaya



Monday, September 29, 2014

2015 CSA, Fundraising Effort, Deals on Basil and Collards!


















2015 CSA
As this season slowly comes to a wrap, I am starting to reflect on our plans for 2015.  I know we need to transform the way we operate the farm as it is way too much work for me for very little money, and it's starting to seriously wear my body down.  What I am contemplating is not to depend so much on the Farmers' Market for our revenues but concentrate instead on increasing our CSA membership.  Going to the Farmers' Market is a ton of work - driving, loading and unloading and sometimes it is not worth the effort.  A lot of farmers compete for business and being new, we don't have a very good spot so our sales are not very impressive...
So I need to ask how many of you would consider joining our CSA next season?  Hearing back from you will help us make the decision to expand our CSA.  Shares will be $25/week next season and our CSA lasts for 20 weeks (June 1-Oct 31).  Your answer is not a commitment, this is just a poll.






















INDIEGOGO FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
We've been putting a lot of efforts into our Indiegogo Campaign and we still have 16 days to go.
We've raised $15,000 so far on an ambitious campaign goal of $250,000! 

Next month, the Green Fire Times will feature another article on Gaia Gardens, beautiful written by our friend Alejandro Lopez "...the very heart of this world-bedazzling town, was set aside for productive gardening and was tended to by locals. In fact, the religious, cultural and economic underpinnings of the Pueblo world as well as of much of the native Nuevo Mexicano villages that constitute the foundations of our state, arise from the very same or similar set of values and practices being carried out at Gaia Gardens".   
Our campaign will also appear in the LaMontanita Coop newsletter.  
Tomorrow morning at 8:30am, I will be interviewed by Richard Eeds on KTCR Radio 1260AM.

We've been in conversation with a foundation on the East Coast and could get a significant boost from them.

All and all, things are moving along smoothly and we are preparing to make an offer to the bank soon.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have donated so far.  Thank you for believing in our efforts to preserve this unique place for future generations!

I also want to profusely thank our attorney Gretchen Elsner who has been promoting our effort to purchase the property at a State level, schmoozing with State Senators and Representatives and handing them promotional packages!

I also want to express my gratitude to all the organizations that have been promoting our campaign- Edible Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute, the New Mexico Community Foundation, the GreenFireTimes, LaMontanitaCoop, the New Mexico Land Conservancy, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, HomeGrown New Mexico, Wwoof-USA, Woof Independent, KSFR, KTCR and Journey Santa Fe/Collected Works Bookstore.

You can help tremendously in the success of this campaign by passing the word around, posting and reposting on Facebook (please write a personal intro to our campaign when you post it) and Tweeting your heart out as all these social media actions have a substantial effect in promoting our campaign far and wide. 


DEALS ON PRODUCE!

This is what you get for $7!
BASIL
We need to move all our basil as the cold is coming and it will go bad-black-caca-done!
We are offering 4 large pesto plants for $7.  It takes 10 minutes to pluck the leaves and you get one pound of basil!  Buy 3 lbs of organic walnuts at TJ's, some garlic, olive oil and good sea salt, throw in the blender and wham!, you have 3lbs of delicious pesto for the winter.  Order here and come get your basil at the farm before it's gone on the first cold night.  I hate to waste so much basil! Seriously!  We'll give you an even better deal if that's what it takes.





COLLARDS
We have tons of collards and we are offering it for $1.75/lb.  You blanch it and freeze it and can use it all winter in soups or stir fries.  Yum!  Order here and come get your collards at the farm.  We'll give you a better deal if you take a large quantity.  








Please come visit us at the Farmers Market every Saturday (8:00am-1:00pm starting this week)



“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say "It is yet more difficult than you thought." This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
Wendell Berry