Editor’s Note: The folks from Gaia Gardens asked La Jicarita to post a press release announcing its fundraising campaign to buy the garden property.
For immediate release
Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust
THREATENED WITH FORECLOSURE, SANTA FE’S GAIA GARDENS CREATES THE MIL ABRAZOS COMMUNITY LAND TRUST AND LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY IN ORDER TO PRESERVE URBAN FARMLAND AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Santa Fe, NM – September 10, 2014. Gaia Gardens, a nonprofit certified organic farm, has been operating on a leased parcel of land in Santa Fe since 2012. With the support of a large group of friends and neighbors, we have turned a parched and neglected landscape into a colorful urban oasis, cultivating a large parcel of land in the middle of town and galvanizing a powerful community around it.
This 3.5-acre rental property is now threatened with foreclosure.
To preserve this unique piece of land, continue our educational mission and provide affordable housing for future generations, we have created the Mil Abrazos (One Thousand Hugs) Community Land Trust, a nonprofit, to purchase the farm property.
A Community Land Trust is a nonprofit membership organization that owns and holds land “in trust” for the benefit of the community in order to provide permanently affordable access to land for such purposes as quality housing, sustainable agriculture, cottage industries and co-operatives, by forever removing the land from the speculative market. More on Community Land Trust
In order to purchase the farm property, we launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Sept.5. Campaign will run until Oct 15, 2014
- Campaign has raised over $7,000 in 5 days
- Santa Fe Reporter publishes article on Fundraising campaign
- Edible Santa Fe posted campaign on its Facebook and Newsletter
- Santa Fe Farmers’ Market posted campaign on its Facebook and website
- Santa Fe Farmers’ Institute posted campaign on its Facebook and website
- New Mexico Community Foundation posted campaign on its Facebook
- Campaign is ranking #6 on Indiegogo’s trending under “Community”