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  • D Acres of New Hampshire - Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead
    Pictures Published Writing Useful Links Support Us Become a Part of the Many Hands Program Farm Products Wish List Donate Contact Us D Acres of New Hampshire is a not for profit Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead located in Dorchester NH The Mission of the organization is to function as an educational center that researches applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small scale organic farming Striving to improve the human relationship to the environment the center functions as a demonstration farm to role model exemplars of healthy living Sharing a communal living situation individuals come to respect and share values of interdependence and love of nature In addition the organization supports educational activities directed toward improving the quality of life of residents and the larger community March April E newsletter April 29 Last Friday Community Potluck Open Mic April 30 Last Saturday Volunteer day Trails Focus May 1 1st Sunday Farm Feast Breakfast Open House 2016 Permaculture Through the Seasons Design Course Resident Positions Available 2015 Year in Review Slide Show 2015 Annual Report pdf html Click here to order your copy of The Community Scale Permaculture Farm Published by Chelsea Green Please request that your local library

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  • The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm Book
    with aspects that many too eager to get their hands in the soil might find less interesting When picking up a book it is a common tendency I know I do it to flick to the bits that you know most about We are less likely to dwell on for instance marketing budget or how to hold a productive meeting However these are the things most commonly overlooked and consequently the most likely to cause a project to fail I am very impressed that Josh has gone into such detail on these matters If you buy this book and have plans of your own then I urge you to pay great attention to these chapters They may seem a little dry but they cover the nitty gritty of dealing with those inevitable make or break moments where ideology crashes into pragmatism What makes this book so valuable is that it is the product of actual immersive hands on experience It may contain elements of theory and philosophy but it is not ostensibly a theoretical book It is saying These are the many things we ve learned from doing this day in day out for 20 years Maybe you can learn from our experience Tim Green co founder of Village Farm Devon At a crucial crossroads in our history this book chronicles a life giving response to a society bent on self destruction With uncommon honesty Josh Trought lays bare the lessons of once wide eyed beginners now seasoned and savvy leaders in the permaculture movement The journey presented here is inspired and instructive though nonformulaic and a work in progress When the dust settles upon our epoch what will stand out are places like D Acres which built a living alternative to the ubiquitous me centered society As readers will soon discover it is hard work turning dreams into reality but with Josh as your trusty guide your body will ache for this real work Jim Merkel author of Radical Simplicity and founder of the Global Living Project In this meticulously detailed book Trought relates the lessons gleaned from 17 years of establishing and running D Acres a nonprofit community service oriented farm in the challenging soil and climate of northern New Hampshire With a serious pedantic style more common to business books than to the cheerful permaculture genre he provides extensive descriptions of historical precedents local geography geology climate and economy fund raising marketing and community governance and decision making there s a whole chapter on meetings In addition there s more typical discussion of soil building animal husbandry alternative building techniques cottage industries ecological integration and community engagement The exposition is threaded with political commentary and seasoned with a strong dose of an admirable but dauntingly earnest ethic Despite Trought s sincere love for his work and willingness to share abundant knowledge and experience his somber didactic tone may discourage budding eco villagers still at the initial dreaming and planning stages His lessons may be more useful and

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  • About D Acres of New Hampshire
    the environment the center functions as a demonstration farm to role model exemplars of healthy living Sharing a communal living situation individuals come to respect and share values of interdependence and love of nature In addition the organization supports educational activities directed toward improving the quality of life of residents and the larger community Our intentions are to develop a farm system sustainable and suitable to this climate to act as a demonstration and experimental model increase consciousness about people s impact on the environment by limiting our consumption of fossil fuels and other resources reducing reusing recycling as well as emphasizing local and onsite production and consumption develop skills as a group to problem solve organize and pursue an agreed agenda interact with and contribute to the community at large providing goods services and educational opportunities while representing the vision of the organization provide a training center for development of skills related to organic farming forestry landscaping eco friendly construction and cottage crafts and develop personal and group skills to improve economic viability through cottage style industry The name of the farm was created to respectfully acknowledge the gift of the land Aunt E D ith and uncle D

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  • The Story of D Acres of New Hampshire
    for canned goods and a walk in root cellar which is our only refrigerator for the colder half of the year The community building is a multi purpose space used daily by residents and visitors alike Forests and Gardens Most of the 180 acres managed by D Acres is forest land In addition to its role in providing clean air and water the forest is a wonderful place to explore as well as a valuable resource We maintain a trail system for year round recreational activities such as hiking biking skiing and snowshoeing To meet our needs for forest products we engage in sustainable logging practices Felled timber is hauled out of the woods by the oxen then cut and graded for furniture lumber or firewood Smaller branches are chipped for mulch and the wood chips are used in the gardens for weed suppression and soil building in animal bedding and as part of our composting system We produce value added goods from the wood we harvest in the wood shop of the community building including wooden spoons bowls chopsticks and birch bark picture frames These activities help generate income to support our operations and serve as practical experience for interns and apprentices who learn by doing skills ranging from felling trees and chopping firewood to wood carving and finishing Although the land is primarily forested and the season for growing food crops is short the extensive gardens at D Acres supply nourishment medicine and resources for craft products throughout the year The no till gardens consist of a series of mulched beds shaped in accordance with the terrain and connected by a system of paths In keeping with the principles of edible forest gardening trees and shrubs are been planted throughout the gardens We pay attention to the spatial organization of the gardens and plant a diversity of compatible species alongside of each other methods which are often overlooked in conventional row cropping approaches We use trellises to grow vertically and to provide shade windbreaks and evaporation control where needed We are constantly supplementing the existing soil by adding organic material in the form of compost and by encouraging the growth of dynamic accumulators like dandelion comfrey ella campane and mullein These plants have deep taproots which bring nutrients to the surface and make them available for other plants To extend the short growing season we use cold frames and greenhouses And we are saving more seed every year as we try to close the loop by generating more inputs from the farm itself Our overall gardening strategy consists of planting annual crops for present use while developing slower maturing perennial gardens which will increase their food production over time For example we have invested in the future by planting fruit and nut trees that will not produce their maximum yields for many years Mushrooms and herbaceous edibles are also planted with an eye to their long term contribution to the edible landscape Our intention is to build a garden system that perpetuates itself instead of an annual system that requires massive inputs of energy every year The gardens serve many roles at D Acres Their beauty attracts artists photographers and admirers who visit and support the farm through purchases or donations They provide food for residents local markets and guests Herbs from the gardens are used both fresh and dried for cooking and for tea We also grow non edible flowers to use in floral arrangements in the community building for special occasions We often divide our perennials as nursery stock to be sold or planted in other garden spaces Living on the Land The residents of D Acres live in a way that is integrated with the landscape We dwell in treehouses old barn buildings and the 1830 s era homestead at the center of the farm In the summer some interns camp out on the edge of the forest Our accommodations are modest some are unheated We prefer to live simply both because we are trying to create an alternative to the energy and materials intensive lifestyle of the industrial world and because living on the landscape helps connect us to the land we depend on Commuting everyday from a treehouse in the woods provides a perfect opportunity to notice what s blooming buzzing sprouting or otherwise doing its natural thing Rebuilding our relationship with nature is more important to us than the excess comforts and conveniences most people take for granted Animals and the Landscape The animals at D Acres are an integral part of the landscape and farming system The pigs plow newly cleared areas with their noses in preparation for planting They also recycle waste food from restaurants and supermarkets in town converting scraps into soil fertility and occasional meat for residents and visitors The oxen are used to haul logs out of the woods and their manure mixed with the wood chips and hay of their bedding provides an abundant source of rich compost for the gardens The chickens provide eggs peck at bugs in their yards provide much needed phosphorous in their manure and eat enormous amounts of weeds pulled from garden beds Over the years a variety of other animals have been raised oat D Acres depending in interest from current residents including sheep goats and bees Energy Consumption Since an ecologically sustainable life has to be a life that uses less energy we have implemented and continue to experiment with many ways to lower our energy consumption and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels We drive little combine trips live in small dwellings minimize power consumption generate our own power heat water with the sun or with wood cook with wood as much as possible and rely on creative solutions to the problem of meeting our needs instead of conventional energy intensive solutions During the summer for example the outdoor shower uses solar hot water heated with two solar hot water heaters made from old refrigerators water tanks and

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  • D Acres of New Hampshire Staff & Residents
    Potluck Night Pizza A Movie Night Volunteer Day Accommodations General Information Directions Local Attractions Work Here Volunteer Residency Employment Artist in Residence Tradesperson Media Videos Pictures Published Writing Useful Links Support Us Become a Part of the Many Hands Program Farm Products Wish List Donate Contact Us About Us Staff Residents Joshua J Trought Director Click for Bio Bree Heward Josh Zieve Isla Sawyer 2016 Year of Perpetuating Evolving Our

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  • D Acres of New Hampshire - Board of Directors
    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 Gor don Taylor Gordon is an experienced manager of innovation and product development in technology related fields He has maintained an interest and concern for environmental issues since high school and this has led him to D Acres with its mission supported by its committed and energetic employees residents interns and membership Until 2012 Gordon was technical manager responsible for electronic systems development at 3M Touch Systems in Methuen Massachusetts His computer and electronics career spans 40 years starting at Univac UK in 1972 and including design automation software for mainframe computer development at ICL from 1973 to 1981 digital simulators and test equipment GenRad 1982 1994 and industrial automation 1995 1996 He holds a number of touch screen related patents and patent applications He has a BS in Chemistry from Royal Holloway College University of London in 1971 and has pursued computer science at Salford College of Technology the Open University and UMass Lowell He has published a number of papers on design automation test equipment and digital simulation As a team and department leader since the late 1970s he has continued to stay apprized of techniques for management prioritization and realization of innovation in new products Martha Morrill Secretary 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 long time members of DAcres and have attended many classes offered there to learn skills for sustainable living Alan Rosen Alan grew up

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  • About D Acres of New Hampshire
    Links Support Us Become a Part of the Many Hands Program Farm Products Wish List Donate Contact Us Annual Reports and Tax Information Annual Reports Annual Report 2015 pdf html Annual Report 2014 Annual Report 2013 html pdf Annual Report 2012 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report 2008 Annual Report 2007 Annual Report 2005 Annual Report 2004 Tax Information Form 990 Form 990 2015 Form

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  • Local Initiatives - D Acres of New Hampshire
    Open Mic Potluck Night Pizza A Movie Night Volunteer Day Accommodations General Information Directions Local Attractions Work Here Volunteer Residency Employment Artist in Residence Tradesperson Media Videos Pictures Published Writing Useful Links Support Us Become a Part of the Many Hands Program Farm Products Wish List Donate Contact Us Local Initiatives Bulk Food Ordering Club Local Goods Guide Support Local Businesses 2016 Year of Perpetuating Evolving Our Culture D Acres

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