218 Streeter Woods Road
2013 Project Highlights
Printed on Recycled Paper
THE STREETER WOODS REPORTER
D Acres of New Hampshire
In 2013 we celebrated another year of achievement and continued evolution of the project in Dorchester. In response to feedback from the public and D Acres residents, we scaled back our workshop and youth programming. We also have dismantled the intern and apprentice program in hopes of attracting more experienced and committed personnel. This evolution has allowed us to focus on implementing the organization’s mission with increased continuity. In 2014 we are determined to revitalize and enhance the onsite education with workshops and youth events.
One of the highlights of 2013 was the arrival of our neighbors across the brook. The Davenport Farm to our west has been rejuvenated by the Shroyers (Matt, Meghan, Liam). In addition their friend Tim and Meghan’s parents Roy and Shawn have been enthusiastic and positive additions to the Dorchester community. We look forward to a bright future in the neighborhood.
Two long anticipated infrastructure projects were undertaken: the solarium and the compost facility. Both the compost facility and solarium serve to educate as well as sustain the farm system by reducing costs while increasing yields. The solarium is an excellent addition for both our gardening and social systems. The space will free us from the constraints of our prior seed starting location in the basement. Instead of fluorescent lights in the basement, the natural sunlight of the solarium will improve the seed starting environment for both plants and people. The solarium will also be a welcomed expansion of the dining and event space. This will allow the elbow room to increase attendance at community events. The integrated heating system has an innovative earth tubes component designed to reduce energy costs into the future. The compost facility enhances our existing fertility system. Up to this point we have spread compost piles throughout the property. While there are advantages to this dispersal method, by consolidating these piles we have improved the efficiency, quality, and quantity of our compost system.
In addition to the structural additions at the farm, we have been fortunate to acquire several pieces of equipment in the last year. The skid steer and dump truck were refurbished by Kevin Maass of KTM Auto in Plymouth. After 16 years without these luxuries, we certainly appreciate the power of this equipment and we recognize the huge contribution that Kevin continues to donate to this organization. With the addition of a dual axle trailer we now have the capacity to readily pick up barnyard manure from offsite to augment our fertility program.
In addition to the work onsite our internet presence continues to effectuate our mission. In conjunction with the website, the facebook page now informs over 3,000 fans of our activities while the videos on our You Tube channel have been viewed nearly 100,000 times. As thousands of people visit these sites each month, D Acres outreach extends from the local to the global audience.
In 2014 our theme is Developing a Community Melody. Through the years we have recognized the difficulty of community living. Sharing the dynamics of people working in collaboration is challenging but rewarding. At D Acres the priority has been to develop extensive physical systems and infrastructure designed as a sustainable living model. In addition to the built infrastructure we recognize the focus and determination necessary to achieve a harmonious community. Toward the purpose of seeking to share the rich song of vibrant community we must remain dedicated to the work necessary to achieve this goal. By developing the melody that can hold a tune which sustains the people we will achieve our goals as a community.
D Acres is a community place based service project. We are working hard to achieve broad-based, long term continuity of participation onsite. While the 1st Sunday breakfast continues to attract people from around the region, we are seeking to improve attendance at our other community food events. Our goal is to provide the space for neighbors to share in the wealth that our community offers. We serve as a catalyst for weaving the strength of community connections.
To achieve this goal we need community participants. We urge you to spread the good word. Come bring a friend, co-worker, or family member to enjoy a D Acres event. Come at your leisure to tour the grounds and walk the woods. Join together and with us to create a vibrant community that sustains the people in this region. By escaping the virtual world we can come face to face to connect in the live entertainment of our thriving local culture.
2013 Year of Cultivating the Home Garden
A special Thank You to our outstanding volunteers:
NH AmeriCorps Crew, Tim B., Martin Decato, Jon Linden, Bryan Felice, Karen Ganey, Bree Heward, Ronda Kilanowski, Joey Kile, Kevin Maass, Laura Morgan, George & Martha Morrill, Dan O’Toole, Amanda Palmer, Matt Palo, Akshat Paliwal, Bob Richer, Chuck & Theresa Rinaldo, Roy & Shawn Russell, Matt & Megan Shroyer, Nicole Tewksbury, Betty & Bill Trought, Louise Turner, Gary Walker, West Central Behavioral
And Thank You to our 2013 resident participants:
Jais Brohinsky, EJ Callahan, Ruiqi Cho, Trevor Cross, Nick Hammond, Irene Lobeck,
Glenna Murray, David Pedrick
A special Thank You to our ourstanding volunteers:
NH AmeriCorps Crew, Martin Decato, Jon Linden, Bryan Felice, Karen Ganey, Ronda Kilanowski, Joey Kile, Kevin Maass, Laura Morgan, George & Martha Morrill, Dan O’Toole, Amanda Palmer, Matt Palo, Akshat P..., Bob Richer, Chuck & Theresa Rinaldo, Matt & Megan Shroyer, Nicole Tewksbury, Betty & Bill Trought, Louise Turner, Gary Walker
Josh Trought, “Conductor”
We recognize the various diverse contributions that build a community project, and through the Many Hands Program we hope to provide an inclusive portal for support and participation at D Acres. We would like the participants, partners and supporters of D Acres and community permaculture to be recognized without strict monetary commitment. Our hope is that volunteers, donors, and the participants can harmonize as we provide organizational support.
Instead of monthly renewals for memberships, we will send a once a year letter during March, asking for funds and volunteer participation for the year. Any monetary contribution is appreciated.
Volunteers are needed for committee work, administrative, construction, and gardening assistance. But there are many other projects like, organizing the library, harvesting, and distributing flyers.
A Many Hands Program participant is a donor, volunteer, onsite participant, or organizational collaborator/sponsor.
MANY HANDS PROGRAM!
An Annual Appeal for Support & Participation
In 2013 D Acres collaborated with, donated to, and supported these local organizations: Artistic Roots, Baker River Arts Festival, Baker River Watershed, Keep the Heat On
Board of Directors
Gary Walker: Chairman George Morrill: Treasurer
Bryan Felice, Martha Morrill, Bob Richer, Gordon Taylor
We greatly appreciate your support through donations and contributions.
Angela Jameson & John Kriz
Bob & Claire Frilette
The Vogelsang Family
Richard & Donna Herlihy
Katie & Tracy Cato
Jean & Charles Townsend
Ann & Tom Blair
Lynn Chong & Rob Pearlman
James & Lydia McCart
Joan & Carl DiRisio
Shane and Sara Misuro
Mary Ellen Kahn & Family
Gisele and Paul Estes
Betsy & Neil Cullen
Danni Simmon & Barrie Sawyer
Brain Marsicovetere & Family
Charles & Marilyn Maass
George & Martha Morrill
Kole & Melissa Birke
Charles & Theresa Rinaldo
Gordon & Betsy Taylor
Bob & Heidi Burke
Bob & Celine Richer
Elizabeth & William Trought
Jean Michel Dumont
Sebastion & Julia Reineke
Gail Rowe & Family
Dedicated to the memory of communitarian friend:
Cogswell Benevolent Trust
NH Electric Co-op
Independent Portfolio Consultants
Crowel Family Foundation
Arthur l. Getz Foundation
Bread and Puppet Theater
Cafe Monte Alto Coffee Roasters
Peppercorn Natural Food Store
Your support and enthusiasm, your sharing of dishes and musical talents, your membership and service and especially your smiling faces are what make this project possible!
D Acres is a Community Supported
Monthly Events at the Farm
First Sunday: Farm Feast Breakfast & Open Trails
Second Friday: Pizza and Movie Night
Third Thursday: Cooking with the Seasons
Last Friday: Potluck & Open Mic
Last Saturday: Volunteer Day
of D Acres is to improve the human relationship with the rural
New England landscape through farm-based research, education, and demonstration of sustainable farming, cooperative community, and healthy living.
2014 Projects include:
v emphasis on orchard & perennial garden care
v our 5th year as host of the “Permaculture Through the Seasons” Design Course
v the 8th edition of the Local Goods Guide
v 1st Permaculture Teacher Training Course
v 2nd NH Permaculture Gathering
is the Year of
Developing a Community Melody
We appreciate donations of 2nd hand goods instead of new. We try to reuse practical goods that might otherwise be landfilled, incinerated or shipped to unknown locations. Please see our Website for the comprehensive list.
Individual Contributions $14,474
Federal USDA Grant $13,001
Fundraising Events $6,417
Total Community Support $44,772
General Education $44,009
Classes & Workshops $16,089
Farm Product & Ag Sales $10,640
Total Agricultural/Educational Programs $70,738
Total Income $115,510
Farm Ops $13,243
Grant Expense $19,580
Prof. Fees $6,903
Total Expense $112,349
Financials: Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2013
D Acres would like to thank Bob Guyotte and his excavation crew, and Dave from Squam Foundations, for their diligence and professional work ethic with these two projects.
Solarium & Climate Battery