Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Tour of the Propagation Greenhouse

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We started planting our seeds on Feb. 2.  As of today, March 25, we have already transplanted 4,000 seedlings!  Soon, these young plants will be moved into the garden beds.

We are working with volunteers everyday and could use more hands.  Contact Dominique if you can spare an hour or two.

If you plan to have a garden this year, we are happy to give you seedlings when you volunteer at the farm.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eggs, Plant Starts, Worms and Seeds for Sale

We are beginning to sell organic plants starts at the Saturday Farmer Market
  • Chamomile
  • Aloe
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard
  • Rosemary

We also sell worms for your compost bin.

If you need eggs (ducks $8/doz, chicken $6/doz), you need to place your order before Saturday and pick up at the Farmers Market.

Place order here

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Be Part of the Farm-Join our CSA this Season

“The idea of a local economy rests upon only two principles: neighborhood and subsistence..."
        - Wendell Berry The Idea of a Local Economy

We strive to grow the most nourishing food as a creative expression of our commitment to foster a vibrant and regenerative culture.

In offering a Community Supported Agriculture, we wish is to inspire people to develop an intimate relationship with the farm and the community of people who supports it. 
CSA members are invited to participate in the farm activities - working in the garden, helping with harvest, selling at the farmers market, writing grants or helping at events. 
We give priority to families with children because we believe that children who learn to care for the Earth will contribute to the regeneration of our ecosystem, thus fostering a healthy and resilient culture.
Our CSA season is June-October, or approx. 20 weeks @ $22/week.
If interested, please email us for an application

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Back from France and Happy to Begin our Third Season

Dominique and I are back from our trip to France.  All went well except that we ate way too much...

We visited friends and family in Paris, Poitiers and Lyon.  I saw a cousin and a friend I hadn't seen in 35 years!

We went on a little pilgrimage to Le Puy where my Grand Mother and Mother used to live and visited the chapel of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe.  Perhaps one of the most remarkable sights in France, the chapel is perched on a volcanic plug. This is the Rock of Aiguilhe, on the edge of the town of Puy en Velay, in the Auvergne region. The Chapelle Saint-Michel has stood there for 1042 years, since Bishop Gothescalk had it built in 962 on his return from a pilgrimage to Santiago del Compostella in Galicia. In 1955 workers found relics under the alter that had been there since it was built.

From the top, we spotted what French people call "Jardins Ouvriers", the equivalent of our community gardens.

There we met Pierre who, after finding out that we were urban farmers, generously offered us giant beets, leeks, turnips and carrots.  Thank you Pierre, your kindness made our day the very best of our visit to France!

Spring is here (at least for the time being!) and activities have started at the farm.  Dominique and Maria Jose' seen here mixing fresh cow dung with silica, egg shells and biodynamic preparations to create biodynamic Barrel Compost, the workhorse of biodynamic agriculture.

Our friend Jessica took care of the farm while Dominique and I were gone.  Thank you Jesse for pampering our feathered friends, cat and baby plants!

The propagation greenhouse is almost full already, with Kale, Chard, Mustard, Collard, Onion, Leek, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Artichoke and yes, Tomatoes!

We'll be selling vegetable starts at the Farmers Market as early as this Saturday March 8.  

We also have delicious eggs for sale- Chicken ($6/doz) and Duck ($8/doz).  If interested, place your order here and come get your eggs at the Farmers Market.

We Need Volunteers!

Spring time means mucho trabajo at the farm and we would love to get some extra hands to transplant seedlings and prepare the beds for planting.
Because the City still only allows us to have 2 volunteers at any one time, you need to schedule your visit with us.  Contact Dominique to get on our volunteer schedule. 

Benefits of volunteering at the farm

Get your hands in the best soil
Work outside in the fresh air
Meet cool people
Take seedlings home for your garden
Learn how to prepare beds and manipulate baby plants
Be part of a lovely community experiment 
.... and learn the art of Zen with Scrapper the Cat

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Plaza Del Sol Homeowner’s Association Supports Gaia Gardens

Resolution in Support of Gaia Gardens approved by the Board of Directors Jan 31, 2014

WHEREAS the Plaza del Sol Home Owner’s Association, and association of 16 town houses located on Calle Anna Jean within short walking distance to the Arroyo Chamiso, in Santa Fe, New Mexico have agreed to actively support the Gaia Gardens Project down the Arroyo Chamiso walking path.

WHEREAS The Association has already created a small community garden of its own, we wish to support local food growing and conservation of energy in our own back yards,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The Plaza del Sol Association:
  •   Supports the idea of urban farms, including Gaia Gardens in our neighborhood in particular, and
  •   Supports the concept of farm food stands, including Gaia Gardens, for neighborhood access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and
  •   Supports the concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), including Gaia Gardens, and
  •   Supports the use of these farms as educational centers, including Gaia Gardens, that would reach out to schools, the Diabetes Center and the surrounding neighborhoods, and
  •   Encourages the City of Santa Fe to work with Gaia Gardens to secure the necessary permits and make the changes to ensure that Gaia Gardens continues as a presence in our community for the benefit of the general neighborhood, including Plaza del Sol, who have benefited and will in the future benefit from the produce and education provided by Gaia Gardens.

Plaza del Sol Home Owner’s Association 
2730D Calle Anna Jean, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505

Thursday, January 2, 2014