Monday, June 27, 2016

Help Restore the Creativity for Peace Memorial Garden




















CALL for VOLUNTEERS

Help Restore the Creativity for Peace Memorial Garden


WORK PARTY: Saturday, July 2, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Camp (just before Glorieta)

In 2009, a 15 year-old former camper from Gaza along with two of her sisters and a cousin were killed in the fighting between Israel and Gaza. Later that year, our campers and staff created a memorial garden on our camp land to honor these young women and as a place of contemplation and remembrance for all those affected by war and violence.

As the camp is not occupied year-round, time and nature have left their marks. We now need to infuse care and love back into this garden. We have received a cash donation to help with the project as well as materials donated by local businesses. Now we need a few volunteers to undertake the garden restoration and year-round maintenance.

If you can help with this project, please contact: Kirsten: kirsten@creativityforpeace.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Selling the remainder of our seed stock



Need SEEDS for gifts for a special event, maybe a wedding or company function?

We are selling the remainder of our seed stock at a super low price.

250 seed packets for $200 (our certified organic seeds retail for $3 a packet!)

Hollyhock
Gaillardia
Parsley
Mullein
Golden Marguerite
Calendula
Marigold
Indian Corn
Tobacco
Sunflower
Scarlet Runners

Take them all.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Volunteer Days Cancelled

Our regularly scheduled VOLUNTEER DAYS have been CANCELLED due to a lack of attendance.
The garden has instead been planted with pollinator flowers to honor our commitment to support wildlife.





Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Garden Parties have started!

Dominique and I were blessed to share Easter morning in the garden with our dear friend George…he lifted our spirits and renewed our desire to continue hosting volunteer days. 

George had just attended Easter mass at the Cathedral and was all pumped up!  He even had a dream a few days before that he was Pope!

I got my camera to capture a bit of his rapture.



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On Monday, George showed up again, brought a friend with him, and a couple other folks joined us for our volunteer time.








We bundled dried basil stalks from last year as some beekeepers use the stalks in their bee smokers.





 
















We also cleaned up the beds by the farm office and amended them with some pretty lovely compost.

The weather is supposed to warm up so we'll start transplanting next Sunday.

Come join us!


Volunteer Days

Sundays  11:00-1:00pm  
Mondays  3:00-5:00pm 



Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Fever



















Yesterday was our first garden party of the season.  As you may know, we've announced that, if enough volunteers commit to work with us, we'll give the produce we grow to the Food Depot.

Three of us showed up yesterday and we got a little bit done...























































Most of the beds have been cleaned and amended with fresh compost, all the bird and rodent damage to the irrigation lines have been repaired, and a few beds have been seeded with carrots, beets, turnips and radishes.


























Our friend Juaquin, who works on a demonstration farm in Encinitas, CA, gifted us many starts.

Our one remaining greenhouse is getting pretty full.

For the next few weeks we will hold Work Parties on:

Sundays  11:00-1:00pm
Mondays  3:00-5:00pm 

If these days/times don't work for you, feel free to contact us.

We will add more days and times as more people are interested.


Over the years we have noticed that the garden loves to be visited, stroked, laughed upon & sung to…life appreciating connection and recognition…
 

So come!!  Join us in tending to this dear friend.

Dominique, Lauren and Poki 











Saturday, March 12, 2016

Seeking Volunteers to Grow Produce for the Food Depot
















Dear Community,

Dominique and I are clear that we are not doing a farming season this year, as was announced last fall.

We are now focused on the Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust project.

We still live on the farm property and have beautiful soil, plenty of seeds and irrigation.

We were going to plant wild flowers and a few vegetables, turn the irrigation on and let Nature do her magic dance.

However, as of late, I am thinking that if we get enough committed volunteers, we could grow plenty of food and donate it to the Food Depot.

If you recall, at the end of last season, we donated 1.5 tons of fresh produce to the food bank.

Should you feel drawn to spend a couple of hours per week in the garden, we could have fun playing in the dirt together, while providing fresh food to the underserved.

It would be a beautiful thing to do, continuing in the spirit of Gaia Gardens, as well as honoring our dedication to serving the community.

So think about it.  If interested, please email us or call: 505-796-6006

In Gratitude,

Poki

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Website for Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust

http://milabrazoscommunitylandtrust.blogspot.com/p/about.html
Click on image to go to website

In nature’s economy, the currency is not money, it is life.   -Vandana Shiva  



Introduction 

We live in times of pressing challenges. Global temperatures are rising and biodiversity is decreasing at alarming rates.  The way we currently consume resources and exploit others is directly proportional to how we as humans separate ourselves from each other and the larger ecological web of life. In order to achieve the transition to a sustainable society, a radical change in technologies, institutions and worldview is needed.


We believe that true wealth springs from sensitive and skillful relationships between humans and natural resources. With thoughtful and proper planning, human and biotic growth are capable of not only being compatible, but life enhancing in myriad ways. This paradigm shift requires a personal and intimate connection with the environment, as well as a willingness to live and work with the natural rhythms and cycles that form our world.


Our Mission
The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust’s (MACLT) mission is to create a low-impact intentional community in Northern New Mexico.  This community will provide affordable homeownership for individuals and families wishing to lead a land-based life, while simultaneously contributing to local communities, economies, and eco-systems.  It is our belief that these elements are critical in order for society to shift towards a more plentiful future.

Developing and employing ecologically responsible practices to preserve, protect and enhance the land’s natural attributes is paramount to MACLT’s purpose.  We aim to serve as a model of low impact development that rejuvenates Northern New Mexico’s communities, landscapes and economies.   We plan on becoming a reference point for future sustainable development possibilities in the region.

MACLT recognizes that the well-being of humans is inseparable from the well-being of the earth. The project recognizes the rich history of Hispano, Native, Chicano/a, and Anglo people in Northern New Mexico. In recognizing that Northern New Mexico has a long history of conflict over land and water rights, as well as struggles with rural poverty, we strive to create an environment which does not repeat the violence of the past.

MACLT welcomes people of all backgrounds to our community, and we aim to integrate ourselves respectfully into the local community.
 


The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.    -Wendell Berry
 


Vision for Community

The MACLT plans to provide a supportive framework for residents to minimize their ecological footprint and maximize their integration within the local community.  Residents will endeavor to substantially meet their needs from the site through agriculture, horticulture, forestry and cottage industries.
 
The MACLT site will be comprised of mixed fields and woodland, with an intention to create an integrated human settlement designed and run on permaculture principles. The land will be developed to improve the synergy of the different habitats across the site, simultaneously enhancing bio-diversity and leading to an increased and sustainable yield from the land.
 
The community will strive to create its own electricity from renewable sources. It will supply its water needs through rainwater harvesting and the use of a spring, well or stream. The community will welcome and manage visitors in such a manner as to minimize traffic impact.
 
The site will be managed to create an accessible educational center, and will feature a variety of self-built eco dwellings, centered around a community hub building and permaculture farm, using best practice design and technology, combined with local natural materials.
 
The land will be owned by MACLT, whose role it will be to oversee the community’s development and ensure that the founding principles and objectives are maintained.
 
Community members will adhere to a set of community agreements stipulating the ways in which they participate in community life, infrastructure building and maintenance, and various educational activities mandated by the MACLT mission statement.



Joining the Mil Abrazos Community

Aspiring community members, once their application accepted, will go through a minimum one-year trial membership, during which their compatibility to live and work with the existing community will be evaluated.  Priority will be given to low-income families with children, people experienced with land-based community living, farmers, as well as young people and elders wishing to access affordable home ownership.

Once accepted in the community, members will have an equal voice in the running of the community and, if available, able to purchase equity in a living dwelling on the community land.  Equity can be purchased in an existing dwelling (stand alone or room(s) in common house) or, if zoning codes allow, permission may be given to member by the community to construct a new dwelling, which size and cost will be determined by the community agreements. Community members purchasing or building a dwelling will be issued a 99-year lease on the land that their dwelling occupies.

A community member choosing to leave the community can only sell his/her equity in a dwelling to an approved member of the community.  A dwelling cannot be sold on the open real estate market or speculated upon.  Its resale price is determined by the “resale” clause in the community agreements.  Residents have some essential benefits of home ownership: lifetime security, a limited fair equity for their investment, and a legacy for their descendants.



Model for Sustainable Practices


The MACLT aims to demonstrate the viability of low impact development as a model that has the potential to rejuvenate the Northern New Mexico landscape and economy and act as a reference point for future sustainable development possibilities in the region.

The project will be carefully monitored to provide evidence of the level of achievement of targets and criteria, and to provide a research resource to inform and promote the wider uptake of low impact living.
 
The project, by virtue of its innovative approach will attract publicity and interest. MACLT will support visitors within a structure that promotes sustainable travel solutions and balances the needs of visitors with the needs of the residents to maintain a degree of privacy in their lives.



We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.     -Aldo Leopold