2108 Telesfor Dr SW
SpeakEasy Gardens is a one-acre farm in Albuquerque’s South Valley that grows vegetables, herbs and flowers for the local community. We are committed to organic, sustainable, and holistic management practices for cultivating high-quality, year-round crops. We believe in creating an environment where the connections between history, land, labor, health, and community can thrive through the growing of food.
SpeakEasy Gardens is a member of the Agri-Cultura Network, a farmer-owned cooperative created to ensure that food grown in the South Valley is accessible to the people who live here.
The farm is located on the historic don Telesfor de Armijo property. In the 1880s, the Julian Armijo family bought 30 acres from the Atrisco land grant. They built a large earthen structure made from terrones (large sod bricks cut with a square shovel from the surrounding fields). Their main crops were grapes, corn, beans, squash, wheat, alfalfa, and chile. They also had horses, a cow, chickens, and a pig. The family made wine from the grapes, and the place gained notoriety during the prohibition era as a local speakeasy and dancehall.
SpeakEasy Gardens grows out of the spirit of the property’s history. In addition to drinking and dancing—the speakeasy was a place where thoughts could be shared and ideas planted. SpeakEasy Gardens builds on the history of this place by cultivating the connections between past and present, reviving the speakeasy building and concept, and growing integrative agricultural practices across cultures and generations.
Berenika Byszewski owns and operates SpeakEasy Gardens. She is building a space where collaboration and community engagement can grow through the growing of food. She is particularly interested in fostering new farmers and women farmers through collaborative projects, and hosting student groups and service days on the farm. When she’s not farming, Berenika is a professional anthropologist and environmental consultant who works to preserve the natural and cultural landscapes of New Mexico.
Zaba Angel is co-manager of SpeakEasy Gardens. Zaba is currently a massage student and will be offering donation-based massages during the farm tour. Zaba’s uses the pronoun “they/them”.
Come out and visit SpeakEasy Gardens, clip your own bouquet of sunflowers, get a massage, tour the old speakeasy, and visit with the chickens and farm cats!
Produce and herbs possibly available to purchase on September 23rd.