Bryan Felice was born and raised in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. He attended U Mass Lowell and graduated with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. After graduating in 1997, he spent time at the Institute for Social Ecology in Plainfield, VT before moving to Rumney and attended Plymouth State College' Masters of Education program. He spent the spring and summer of 2000 at D Acres and greatly appreciates the skills and experience gained during that time, which proved foundational for future endeavors. He then transferred to and graduated from Antioch New England in 2002 with an MS in Environmental Studies focusing on Environmental Education
Bryan has worked in various capacities in the environmental field including leading semester-long field studies programs at Antioch College, camp programming at Farm and Wilderness in Plymouth, VT and plenty of local environmental advocacy organizing. He has also developed and led international programs in Cuba and Mexico for undergraduate and graduate students.
Inspired by building an earthen home on the Hopi Reservation while leading an Environmental Field Program, Felice is a natural builder and permaculture educator. He was first introduced to permaculture at the Institute for Social Ecology with an Orchard Design focus. He apprenticed at the Heartwood School in timber framing and later founded Undustrial Timber Frames, LLC which has pioneered high performing natural design and construction throughout New Hampshire since 2006. He got his PDC at D Acres in 2010 and has since taught Permaculture at D Acres, Orchard Hill & a variety of farms and community organizations. Bryan is also an adjunct professor at Plymouth State university and Colby-Sawyer College. Bryan has served on the Board of Directors at D Acres since 2012 and was a founding Board member of Mountain Village Charter School, a tuition-free nature-based Montessori elementary school in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He is also the father of 2 daughters who he is teaching to weed gardens, sharpen chisels and enjoy good food with good people as often as possible.
As an educator, Martha has 25 years experience in public schools.K-12. She received her undergraduate degree in School Library Media and Technology from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. She received her Master Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Before college and becoming an educator, Martha worked 32 years in a wide range of jobs which included the 'usual' secretary jobs that were available to all the girls who did not get married when they graduated from high school. She used her shorthand and typing skills to work at Boston City Hospital for many years as a medical secretary in the outpatient psychiatric ward. The job at Boston City Hospital and 10 years working as a Service (repair) technician for Sears and Roebucks in Orlando, Florida and having two children were extraordinary experiences, but not having a college degree bothered Martha, so she pursued her education and upon graduating, took a 50% cut in pay to become a dedicated teacher for $15,000 per year. Martha and her husband, George, have been longtime members of D Acres and have attended many classes offered there to learn skills for sustainable living.
Alan grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University in 1977 with a
degree in electrical engineering. He then spent 13 years living and working in Annapolis, MD, for a government contractor. Somewhere along the way he discovered the joy of mountains and met and married Peggy. Multiple trips to the White Mountains and further afield followed. As the years went by the desire to live in the mountains grew stronger. With Peggy's blessing and strong sup-port he then changed career paths and entered Albany Medical College, graduating in 1994. After finishing a residency in family practice (and producing 2 sons-Dan and Josh)the family moved to rural NH. He currently works at Mid-State Health Center in Ply-mouth, a community health center. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, telemark skiing, house projects and paying back his debt to Peggy.
I remember coming to Dacres in 2001 and saying to myself, this is where I belong!!
I moved to New Hampshire in 2001 from Boise Idaho. After graduating high school I took off across the country on an adventure with no end.
I now raise two children under the roof of our home here in Dorchester while I work as a nurse at the local Level 1 trauma center, Dartmouth Hitchcock medical center. Their names are Sawyer (14) and Isla (11). We enjoy laughing, eating good food, cracking out to technology and adventuring. We have a dog named Rocco, the love of our life whose zest for adventure equals all of us combined.
I’m now 36 years old and am committed to a life designed around authenticity to stand up for my children and peers while Real life happens and embrace the belief that the only limitations in my way are those that I put there.
I enjoy being in the board of Dacres and plan to continue working on building connection and strength through communication with all others that come in contact with Dacres.
Karen has a background in Environmental Advocacy, Youth Leadership, Community Activism and Permaculture. She is the co-founder of Transition 5 Villages, the Upper Valley Apple Corps and the UV Transformational Action Affinity Group (UVTAAG), all local groups working to build resilient culture by way of supporting renewable food and energy systems, re-skilling, planting fruit and nut trees for free and public picking and leading actions that are transformational in conception and implementation. She is also the founder of Permaculture Solutions, LLC where she works to develop ecologically diverse and nutrient dense landscapes for humans and habitat. She has designed forest gardens and garden systems for families, schools, hospitals and communities a like.
Having graduated with a self designed BA titled Social Engagement in Environmental Awareness and Human Rights she went on to study Consciousness Studies at Goddard College and the Alef Trust University in the UK. This work has informed her earth based practices and philosophies about living in accordance with the rhythms and balance of nature. Karen is passionate about creating opportunities for collective social action and also teaches permaculture and food based workshops related to earth based reskilling and permaculture design.
D Acres of New Hampshire is a not-for-profit Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead located in Dorchester, NH. Read about our mission, our weekly meals, camping and lodging, and events and workshops.