Our vision and dream for the Healing Garden is to create a place of sanctuary and healing for anyone seeking to reconnect with the land. A place where the bounty of our work and sweat will go to feed low-income families- those who need access to fresh, local, organically-grown food more than any. A place where families can come to get away from the rush of life and reconnect with the earth while helping to feed others in our community. A place of caring, giving and growing for everybody. A place of where we can also help heal the land itself.
All of our fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown using organic methods. Absolutely no pesticides are used with the exception of chile oil (capsaicin), garlic oil and soap. The only fertilizers used are composted biomass and cured animal manure. We utilize an intensive cover-cropping system to naturally encourage soil health and biodiversity.
Our grower has over 10 years experience with organic gardening and over 4 years experience as a certified-organic farmer and greenhouse manager. Biodynamic practices are used whenever possible. Our view is that the garden is a living being with an intensely diverse ecosystem of it's own. We care for and encourage the growth of that ecosytem, treating the garden holistically. For more information on biodynamics, visit The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association.
At Mi Querencia we believe that what we put into the soil is more important that what we take out. Without compost, the food web is incomplete. We take great care to return every living thing at the garden to the soil by composting it. Our grower is a certified Master Composter and takes great care and pride in producing the best compost possible. We compost all our cut cover crops, grinds and tea leaves from a local coffee shop and all our plants (unless they are diseased). Careful management and daily monitoring allow us to create this lovely 'black gold' in a matter of weeks.
In addition to composting our plants, all of our produce and kitchen waste is vermi-composted by our thriving bed of red wriggler (or, composting) worms. The worm castings and leachate are used as soil ammendment in our hoophouses where cover-cropping is difficult due to limited space. We also offer classes and workshops in composting and vermi-composting for individuals, groups and school groups. Contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an event.
The healing process of the land and the implementation of the Garden will take quite a bit of work. We plan to use only organic and bio-dynamic management and growing practices in the creation of the Garden.
Can you please help us make this Healing Garden a reality? If you have time to share with us, please visit the upcoming events page to read about upcoming events with which we need your help. In addition to the physical labour of maintaining the Garden, we also welcome help with the 'backend' duties such as sorting and delivering the harvest, book keeping, community relations and just spreading the word about our goal.
We also have a list of 'hard-cost' items we need help with on our GoFundMe page if you'd like to make a monetary donation to our cause. Click the GoFundMe logo to help us out.
Nestled along historic Rio Grande Blvd in the heart of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Mi Querencia rests on 2 acres of beautiful grass and apple trees.
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