2021 Summer: Reparations Cider Package

Summer 2021: S P A C E


This summer we celebrate space. Space for creativity, nourishment and sovereignty. Our reparations work aims to support this through partnership with Quarter Acre for the People in Ithaca, NY.

Quarter Acre for the People connects families of African and/or Indigenous ancestry with the space to envision and practice food production, cooperative farming, homesteading and farm business development. 

Quarter Acre for the People also connects with kindred spirits in food access work and in the theme of funding SPACE, focuses on the current fundraising of No Mas Lagrimas for rent and supplies. 


Redbyrd Orchard Cider, Eve’s Cidery,  and Open Spaces Cider stand in solidarity with QAP and No Mas Lagrimas. Our reparations package will continue to raise funds and focus toward the essential work QAP and Khuba International are doing in Enfield and Ithaca, NY. 


The Package

The 3 ciders in this package are some of the first 2020 releases from each cidery. 

Each cider contains 25-100% wild foraged apples, in continued acknowledgement of current bounty harvested from stolen/now public lands. Read on for details and find out about the 3 ciders.


How it works

Payment for this project begins by contributing 90% of the package value directly to Quarter Acre for the People (total value for this package is $50)

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    1. Contribute.

    Make your $45 contribution HERE. Be sure to designate “Quarter Acre for the People.”

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    2. Email Receipt

    Email your receipt from Khuba International to Melissa Madden: openspacescider@gmail.com


    3. Charge the Balance.

    Melissa will set you up within Eve’s Cidery’s shipping system and charge the balance for the tasting event and the cider packaging= $8.70 + shipping to your location (free pick up in Trumansburg, Ithaca and Van Etten).


    4. Ship/Pick Up

    We will ship and offer pick up in mid to late July.


    5. Gather & Taste

    Virtual Tasting Gathering is Sunday, August 15th @ 4pm. New York Cider Association will be hosting via their YouTube TV channel.


Community Connection

In our December 2020 package we celebrated with a virtual tasting event hosted by New York Cider Association. Feedback afterwards confirmed for us that coming together, meeting Christa Nunez (QAP director), tasting and evaluating the ciders themselves creates joy around reparations. Our experiences together shout that this human connection is essential!

Please join us for the Virtual Tasting on August 15th  for a Sunday cocktail hour. We’ll spend time on the trees, the 2020 harvest and emerging pommage and invite you to share your reflections on the ciders, on land access and on 2020!


Summer 2021 Reparations Cider Pack

The Ciders:


    Eve’s Seedlings 2020

    500 mL/8% abv

    Still and dry

    Production: 100% wild foraged apples and pears, aged on the lees.

    Tasting: Dried rose petals, sage, sheep’s wool, coffee and a summer evening breeze.



    Redbyrd Orchard Cider’s Branches 2020

    500 mL/8% abv

    Sparkling and dry

    Production Notes: 25% Wild Harvested Apples, Golden Russet, GoldRush, Freer Crab, Redfield. Bottle Conditioned.

    Tasting Notes: Spice, raspberry, anise, maraschino cherry.

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    Open Spaces’ FLNF Pétillant 2020

    500 mL/8% abv

    Gently sparkling and dry

    Production: 100% wild foraged apples from late harvest groves. Secondary fermentation in the bottle and aged on the lees.

    Tasting: Fresh sawdust, lemon peel, tart cherry. Perfect for summer food on the fire.



    Why Reparations?

    In New York State, 97% of farms are owned by White people (1). Let’s re-imagine a different farming future— one that is equitable, diverse, non-exploitative and accountable. How do we get from here to there? Reparations can offer a path.

    Want to dig into some of the thinking from the orchard behind reparations as a practice and a journey? Read Melissa’s essays (originally published in Malus Zine) on her website here.

    Join us!

    (1) USDA agricultural Census, 2017



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