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2016 Project Highlights
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THE STREETER WOODS REPORTER
D Acres of New Hampshire
WOW! Sometimes it is hard to imagine that we are on the verge of our 20th Year of operations at D Acres. Since 1997 D Acres has forged a model of farming that serves community. The past two decades have been full of surprises and challenges as the design of the organization has evolved. Throughout this journey our quest has been to provide an example by creating a livelihood through cooperative farming. Our mission is to improve the human relationship with the rural landscape through farm-based research, education and demonstration of sustainable farming, cooperative community and healthy living.
Before we look ahead it is important to celebrate the tremendous year of 2016. First, the organization recognizes the substantial effect Dunstan Smith’s residency offered the community. His stewardship as gardener and cook provided the basis for a fantastic growing season. Despite the drought conditions, the gardens provided our largest harvests to date and the root cellar is bursting with food to share at community events. Dunstan also initiated the D Acres Supper Club, a monthly food event that featured up to ten courses of seasonal cuisine prepared in 5 star fashion. The response from attendees, who recognized the quality and freshness of the ingredients, signalled the success of this model. This legitimate “Table on Farm” cuisine provided another opportunity for D Acres to demonstrate a model for farm viability.
Additionally, in 2016 D Acres successfully partnered with Canaan Elementary School. We participated in programs at CES with the goal of supporting environmental education on campus. We worked to enhance and stimulate gardening, composting and recycling within the institution. We intend to expand support into other area schools in hopes that we will habitualize these behaviors and build skills for our future citizens.
Another program that we have planned for many years is coming to fruition. The cooperative grain purchasing system has the infrastructure we have been waiting for through the November installation of the silo, we can now order bulk organic grain. The lower cost of bulk buying will assist small farmers and backyard flocks to expand by increasing the economic viability of poultry in the Pemi-Baker region.
Twenty years of work has created a tremendous portfolio of onsite infrastructures and community outreach programs characterized by innovation. D Acres has initiated programs such as Local Foods Plymouth, the Pemi-Baker Local Goods Guide, NH Permaculture Day and the comprehensive book “The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm” published by Chelsea Green. The gardens and orchards encompass over 5 acres with hundreds of fruit, nut, and medicinal perennials creating one of the most renowned forest gardens in North America. The creation of fertility through a partnership with pigs has yielded a viable demonstration of no-till gardening which has yielded international recognition. In addition we have constructed the Summer Kitchen, Metal Shop, Greenhouse/Animal Combo, added ponds and enhanced wetlands on the property. Onsite we have created a Multiplex Community Building, renovated the existing farmhouse and original structures, as well as created housing options for onsite residents ranging from treehouses to tiny houses. Our forest trail system combines natural history and recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. During the 20 years we have hosted nearly 1000 onsite residents who have contributed as active learners and participants. We have also recorded tens of thousands of visitors, volunteer hours and tours. Our internet outreach has attracted over 7,500 facebook fans and over 600,000 views on YouTube.
This assemblage of accomplishments is the result of a collective effort. We are walking the talk in our work to create rural culture that exists in harmony with nature. This process of creating an ecologically designed society has required sweat, generosity, love, and tears. The tears emanate from the profound emotional commitment and passion for this project as well as the gravity of the future for our culture. Worldwide recognition of socioeconomic disparity and environmental destruction has heightened the urgency and stimulated sadness and frustration but also provides an opportunity to work towards solutions with shared joy and hope.
2016 Year of the Perpetuating & Evolving Our Culture
Board of Directors
Bryan Felice & Sarah Dunham-Miliotis Co-Chair;
Chip Stata, Treasurer Martha Morrill, Secretary
Bob Richer, Marylena Sevigney, Josh Trought
Upcoming Events at the Farm
• First Sunday - Farm Feast Breakfast
• Second Friday - Family Pizza and
a Movie Night
• Last Friday - Pot Luck & Open Mic
• Last Saturday - Volunteer Day
• Kids Day - Dates vary, keep up to date with Facebook, our website, or our email newsletter! www.dacres.org
• Annual Clothing Swap
• Permaculture Design Certification Course, Begins in May- Sign up today!
• Fall Porcine Festival Nov 17-19
• ContraDance Feb 25 @TownHall
Ongoing Opportunities-Bulk Food Buying Club & Animal Grain/Feed Cooperative Buying
Josh Trought, “Conductor”
We recognize the various diverse contributions that build a community project, and through the Many Hands Program we have provided 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, 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.
To all of our Many Hands particpants, whether a donor, volunteer, onsite participant, or organizational collaborator/sponsor, we heartily thank you. And we hope to see Many more Hands involved in 2017!
MANY HANDS PROGRAM!
An Annual Appeal for Support & Participation
In 2016 D Acres collaborated with, donated to, and supported these local organizations: Artistic Roots, Bread and Puppet Theater, WWOOF, CRUX, Grafton County 4-H, Russell Elementary School, BioNutrient Food Association, Permaculture Association of the Northeast (P.A.N.), GALA, Keep the Heat On, Summers End Conference, Turtle Ridge Foundation, UNH Slow Food, PSU, Ledyard Charter School, NH Permaculture Gathering, Fellowship for Intentional Communities, Mascoma HS Project Graduation
We greatly appreciate your support through donations and contributions.
John Kriz & Angela Jameson
Gigi & Paul Estes
Audrey & Brian Eisenhauer
Kirk & Sharon Phelps
Rodney & Angel Ekstrom
George & Martha Morrill
Dick & Jackie Batchelder
Turtle Ridge Foundation
Cogswell Benevolent Trust
Mascoma Savings Bank
Bank of NH
NH Electric Co-Op
NH Charitable Wellborn Foundation, Amy & Ian Mevorach & Family
Mary & Paul Hazelton
Tim Kelly Rossiter
Ronda & Randy Kilanowski
Barry & Jen Heney
Bob & Celine Richer
Charles & Theresa Rinaldo
Beverly & Gary Walker
Elizabeth & William Trought
Laura & Gil Richardson
Sicilia & Yatming Chan
Diane & Daniel Bergeron
Martha Popp & Alex Olson
Jim & Lydia McCart
Scott & Amey Bailey
Ann & Tom Blair
Arthur & Diana Burdette
Roy & Shawn Russell
Steve & Charlene Whitman
Peter Pirnie & Diane Arsenault
Kol & Melissa Birke
Bread and Puppet Theater
Tomoko & Masanobu Ikemiya
Mary Ellen Kahn
Jeffrey & Susan Pulver
Al & Peggy Rosen
Eleanor & Larry Spencer
Gordon Taylor & Betsy Taylor-Kennedy
Josh Arnold & Molly Messenger
Ted & Barbara McCahan
Chris & Sarah Barron
Chris Woods & Clare Eckert
Kathie & Richard Flanders
Marylena, Graham and Nick Sevigney
Birke Chu Family Fund
Judith Olsen & Andy Jones
Katharina & Frederick Kelsey
Cafe Mt. Alto
Shanti & Alex
Rachel & Blanca
Krystyna Oszkinis & Matt,
Sawyer & Isla McHugh
Sant Bani School
Joyce Weston & Sally Widerstrom
Dedicated to the memory of our communitarian friends:
Bob Pon, Sandi Green, Dean Mason, Mark Younger,
Todd Downing, Toby Hemenway, Bill Mollison
D Acres is a
Your support and enthusiasm, your sharing of dishes and musical talents, your Many Hands and especially your smiling faces are what make this project possible!
While twenty years is a symbolic number, it is a great opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the past and chart a course for the future.
We are enthused to continue the evolution at the farm. Plans for the next twenty years include infrastructures such as an ice house and a living machine. The living machine will purify water from the sinks and showers of the Community Building. The ice house provides an opportunity to combine traditional technology with a modern twist creating a refrigerated space in our root cellar during the summer months.
We will also be refining our maple syrup operations by upgrading our equipment and facilities. To stimulate local food production we will be purchasing seed cleaning equipment to save seeds for consumption and future planting. Equipment of this caliber is unattainable by individual small farmers but can be utilized cooperatively to increase the food resilience in our region. This infrastructure will build upon the remarkable collection of technologies which serve as experimentations and demonstrations for onsite visitors and residents.
Another facet for creating sustainability at D Acres is the design and implementation of a shared housing model. Staff and resident housing needs to be improved beyond our current structures. While treehouses will always be an option for some, we are seeking to provide housing that is multi-generational and comfortable through the winter months. Over the next five years we will be creating a residential campus which will be designed to meet these needs. We hope that these improvements will strengthen our capacity to retain staff and build long term organizational continuity.
With the solid foundation of twenty years as a community service and educational farm, the next twenty will provide a tremendous opportunity at D Acres. Through persistence and a practical step by step approach, we are reaching our goals as an organization. While we are proud of what has been accomplished thus far, we realize that the road ahead will continue to be challenging. Our community network provides both the basis of operations as well as the motivation and inspiration to continue the hard work. This reciprocal relationship is the glue that binds this place based operation feeding community far into the future.
We value your support whether through visits, volunteered time or monetary donations. Together we are creating a community farm, rich with innovation and creativity. Today we are forging a model for farm-based community for the future. Thanks for being a part of this collective effort, your contribution is sincerely appreciated.
If you would like to be involved with planning the future of D Acres, lettuce know, we need you.
Refining the Vision for the Next Twenty (1997-2017+)
2017 is the year of
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.
Individual Contributions $21,098.20
In-Kind Donations 568.95
Fundraising Events 7,671.02
Total Community Support $52,717.54
General Education $47,911.06
Workshops & Classes 27,551.30
Farm Product & Ag Sales 14,816.72
Total Income $142,996.62
Farm Ops 31,334.83
Prof. Fees 4,502.25
Vehicles 12,862.16 Total Expense $142,861.27
RECREATION and EXPLORATION
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.
Financials: Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016
D Acres continues to be a catalyst for developing community connection and educational programs. We hosted the 7th Permaculture Through the Seasons Design Course from April through November. See our website to sign up for the 2017 course.
SAVE THE DATE! 5th annual NH Permaculture Gathering | August 26, 2017
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum | 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner NH
NH Permaculture in 2016