History

History

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust was created in August 2014 with a purpose of acquiring and hold land in trust in order to provide for permanently affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, cottage industries and co-operatives by forever removing the land from the speculative market (see vision here).

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust first attempted to purchase the Gaia Gardens’ property, where a certified organic farm had been operating since 2012.  

In Oct. 2014, the Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust launched a capital campaign that brought in $22,795.  In addition, anonymous donors donated another $15,000 and two foundations gave commitment letters for $75,000. 
 
These funds were matched with Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust founders' money and an offer was made to the Gaia Gardens property owner, which was to be presented to his bank as a short sale, since the property had been in foreclosure for 4 years.

Unfortunately, the property owner and his attorney decided not to present the offer to the bank and instead, are waiting for the bank to foreclose on the property.

In July 2015, after another round of opposition
(from a neighbor and the City of Santa Fe) to the opening of a farm stand, Gaia Gardens closed its operation (see press here).

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust is now looking for property (10-100 acres) in New Mexico and Colorado.  The land should ideally have water (acequia, ditch, year-round creek, spring or well), sympathetic neighbors and be located near national forest.  Proximity to an interesting community is preferable.

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust is hoping to create a sustainable community offering permaculture education, agriculture, summer camps and homesteading skills.

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust is currently exploring how it can serve this community, its children and elders, and continue to offer a vibrant space to gather, share skills and build resilient community.

Should you or your organization be interested in helping us acquire property, you can get in touch with us here




The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust co-founders

Dominique Pozo graduated from Southwestern College with an MA in Art Therapy/Counseling. She currently provides support for individuals, families, & couples recovering from addiction and trauma. She has practiced bodywork as a Licensed Massage Therapist in various settings since 2002.  She is passionate about co-creating holistic healing sanctuaries, in which a closeness with the Earth is possible & celebrated. She co-created Gaia Gardens, a one-acre urban farm in Santa Fe that operated from 2012-2016
 

Poki Piottin is a seasoned entrepreneur, activist and organic farmer. He co-created Gaia Gardens, a one-acre urban farm in Santa Fe that operated from 2012-2015. He served on the Evergreen Land Trust Board of Directors from 2000-2003 and was instrumental in the restoration of Pragtri Farm, an Evergreen Land Trust property in Arlington, WA.  He served on the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute Board of Directors from 2013-2015.  He derives great joy in nurturing creative land-based environments for the emergence of multi-generational and regenerative community.   See Bio here



Bringing Food Home is a documentary on Gaia Gardens' journey from its inception to its closure 4 years later.  



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Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust is a non-profit project fiscally-sponsored by the 
New Mexico Community Foundation, a 501(c)3
Donations are tax-deductible