Welcome to Growing Awareness

Spring is here!  We will have pepper, tomato, and herb seedlings and berry plants for sale starting April 15, 2014.  Get ready to garden big this year!!

Growing Awareness is a non-profit Urban Farm in the heart of Albuquerque.  It is a micro-enterprise of East Central Ministries.  Our mission is to support our neighbors and enrich our city through sustainable, community-focused projects and micro-businesses.  When you visit, you'll likely see kids and neighbors tending the community garden, planting seedlings in the greenhouse, caring for our urban livestock, or making clay pots.  Most importantly, we are all becoming aware that another world is possible.  Together we are growing a more just and sustainable community!

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ECM is honored to receive grants from PNM and the Sandia Foundation to create a ceries of urban gathering gardens around East Central Ministries' projects and properties! 

 

 

The gardens will consist of locally sourced seating, shade structures, and perennial edible plants and trees.  One of the main sites will be developing...

In the spring of 2012 Growing Awareness partnered with a University of New Mexico architecture class . . .

. . . chicken coops for the international district in Albuquerque were the result! 14 students designed and built 7 coops for various community sites last...

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Growing Awareness Urban farm is possible because it is a collaborative project.  We rely on a combination of work teams, consistent volunteers, part-time, and full time staff to get the job done.  It seems that the compost always needs attention, the plants need watering, and the greenhouses and other grounds need maintaining.  It is a challenging delight to work with many people throughout the seasons, to...

Our rainwater catchment in action!  If only it would keep raining...

This spring we had a couple UNM classes come to tour/volunteer here at ECM.  I wasn't sure exactly which class was coming, and when they arrived, and I was able to chat a bit more with the professor, I discovered it was a communications class.  John said asked the teacher quite bluntly: "What does East Central Ministries have to do with a Communications class?"  We were both quite amazed at how much her explanation resonated with what we are...

 

Why “Growing Awareness Urban Farm?”  What do tomato seedlings and chicken coops have to do with East Central Ministries? 

Awareness precedes change is the Growing Awareness slogan.  We believe that in order for change to happen, change in an attitude, a heart, a relationship, or a neighborhood, there must first be a vision for change; we must be able to imagine something different.  This imagination and awareness is...

 

There is a deep craving, an absolute need in the human heart for true community: to be known
and to be understood. We crave this communion in our relationship with God; we crave this in
our flesh and blood relationships. We are all a broken people, crying out for someone to listen,
actually listen, and understand us.
 
We are known and understood by friends and family near and far, as much we know...

The person who looks for quick results in the seed planting of well-doing will be disappointed.  If I want potatoes for dinner tomorrow, it will do me little good to go out and plant potatoes in my garden tonight.  There are long stretches of darkness and invisibility and silence that separate planting and reaping.  During the stretches of waiting there is cultivating and weeding and nurturing and planting still other seeds.

- Eugene Peterson

 

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We have had the priviledge of working with Chase Glantz here the past few months.  Chase is an author (check out his new book here!) and has a heart for loving his neighbors.  He is living in a house that used to host Escuela Luz del Mundo, a middle school that we helped found.  Right now, we are trying to figure out how we can continue to use this property to bless people in our...

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East Central Ministries
123 Vermont NE Albuquerque, NM 87108

(505) 266-3590

info@growingawarenessurbanfarm.com