Acequia Jardin is a community inspired by both traditional New Mexican villages and close-knit “pocket neighborhoods.” Our name comes from the Spanish acequia (irrigation ditch) and jardin (garden) and was chosen because of the historic Duranes Acequia that waters our community garden. Through a combination of neighborhood design and shared values of simplicity and living in harmony with the environment, we’ve created a community of ten households that encourages interacting with neighbors and looking after each other.
Home ownership includes a one-tenth share of the community garden, use of the guest casita, community room and common lands, and membership in the homeowners’ association (HOA). To manage our common property we meet every other month to make consensus-based decisions. Residents volunteer for specific tasks best suited to their inclinations and schedule. For maintenance tasks that need many hands we have occasional “work days,” often followed by a shared meal. We employ outside labor for tasks larger than our skills or abilities and expenses are paid by our monthly HOA assessment.
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