Organic Farm Immersion Program

We are seeking summer residents who want to experience an organic permaculture farm and educational homestead in a rural setting 20 minutes from Plymouth and 40 minutes from Hanover.

Our Organic Farm Immersion Program is designed as a hands-on practical experience in farming and sustainable living.  We ask that residents have a commitment to living sustainably and generally come to the program with some experience practicing these skills. Residents participation will be focused on the garden, activities there include weeding, watering, planting, and harvesting, though residents can also try their hand at ecological building, sustainable forestry, woodcrafting, herbalism, cooking & preserving the harvest and animal husbandry. We ask residents to commit to 25 hours of farming each week and to commit to a communal contract - approximately 5-8 hours a week of cooking, cleaning and community meetings.  Additionally, culinary inclined residents are invited to explore our Seed to Table dining experience!

Although there is no set curriculum, individuals participate in all of the seasonal duties pertinent to the farm operations. They receive instruction and supervision as necessary in the day-to-day workings of the homestead. When residents are not working, they are welcome to enjoy their time reading in our extensive library, hiking on nearby trails, biking on our new trails, swimming in our swimming holes, and/or rock climbing at the nearby Rumney Crag.

All residents are required to sign a waiver releasing D Acres of New Hampshire, Bet Realty (the organization that owns the land and buildings) and the Trought Family from any liability for injury.

Residents enjoy: three meals a day utilizing food sourced on-site and through an organic distributor, use of the telephone during non-business hours, access to wireless internet, rustic living accommodations, the great outdoors of NH, and usage of the library and facilities of D Acres of New Hampshire. Residents are encouraged to participate in all on-site workshops and events. This is an opportunity to participate in communal living, decision-making, and networking in an environment that encourages sustainable practices. Participants are expected to actively engage in this immersion program to accomplish personal learning objectives and organizational success.

Looking for College Credit?
D Acres is willing to participate in on-site evaluations in collaboration with your faculty advisor. If college credit is to be received D Acres requires submission of a learning contract with the sponsoring agency prior to arrival.

Is this program right for you? 
The residential program is designed as a participatory program. The program is not designed to be an academic education. There is no classroom time. Participants contribute the positive enthusiasm and effort required to fulfill the organizational mission. Participants must be self-directed yet willing to work in a collaborative process.

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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.