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  • Published Articles - Bread CSA - North Country News
    unfolding A weekly task treat that is relished by those of us living here at D Acres Homemade bread it seems is a member of that indefinable category shared with handwritten letters and quilts patched one stitch at a time symbols of simplicity beauty fine workmanship and nourishment Good bread is good great bread can feed and satisfy something well beyond an appetite alone I m going to be bold for a moment and suggest that here at D Acres we entered that latter category of great bread You see we have a Baker amongst us Scott arrived in May and with a humble and simple expression of interest in baking bread quickly took on the weekly task of stocking our pantry shelves with enough gluten goodness to fuel us through each week of work It became clear rather quickly that we had quite the delicious situation on our hands Now each week he s performing some new test currently it s baguettes We re being teased with musings on croissants We re so convinced that this bread is what everyone everyone needs that we re beginning a Bread CSA this fall And it s not too late to sign up Here s how the bread share program works All bread is made using organic flour natural fermentation and is baked in D Acres wood fired cob oven Members pay up front for ten loaves of bread and receive them one loaf per week beginning October 13 and ending December 15 The cost of each share is 65 you re welcome to purchase more than one share The pick up dates location are yet to be finalized but will be in downtown Plymouth for your convenience Let us know if you have a preference Just to convince you further here

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  • Published Articles - Theater & Farming, A Tuesday with Marx - North Country News
    present a poignant commentary a provoking portrayal of life s themes and society s recurring triumphs travails Theater elicits questions raises doubts and proffers new perspectives it reaffirms our humanity It is a statement come alive Farming too is a statement In another form we here at D Acres are also offering social commentary Our farming acts grounded in subsistence agriculture and local economics are our philosophies writ through the sweat dirt and the beauty of a home grown meal Granted farming is not as entertaining to watch unless perhaps you have a lifetime to dedicate to the intricacies of one s land Which I strongly encourage But that is not the point I wish to make herein Theater is the point In particular a theatrical performance this coming Tuesday September 20 of Marx in Soho Sponsored by D Acres is conjunction with Plymouth State University s Early Childhood Studies Program and PSU s History Department the performance will be at Boyd Hall 144 PSU Campus at 7pm free and open to all Written by the renowned historian Howard Zinn author of A People s History of the United States Marx in Soho is a passionate funny and moving defense of Karl Marx s life and political ideas The play is an excellent introduction to Marx s person his family his analysis of society and his passion for radical change The show also uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate and to demand active and engaged citizenry Zinn s dialogue doesn t preach rather it is full of mischievous humor as Marx confronts institutionalized education America s rich ruling class corporate mergers prisons the media and more during the course of the play The performance is a one hour one man show performed by Bob

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  • Published Articles - Cold Frames - North Country News
    an automatic task consuming a portion of our time each week For such a simple process the rewards are tasty healthful and colorful Last week however saw a significant change in events Last week you see we began to seed into coldframes Coldframes are a simple piece of garden technology A wooden box with a pane of glass or sheet of plastic covering its top angled into the sun a coldframe works like a mini greenhouse It creates a microclimate that offers protection to fragile plants like in this case lettuce Now sure the nights are cooling off but the summer heat is still hanging on to its banker s hours We re not approaching frost weather quite yet So for now our coldframes are sitting wide open the seeds not requiring additional heat beyond what the August sun continues to offer But in planting these tiny lettuce seeds now we re looking ahead to when these greens will reach our plates I can write with fair certainty that the leaves will have changed cool will be replaced by cold in our daily descriptors and frost will be upon us Lettuce is no Herculean food none of the above appeals to such plants in the least So with the use of coldframes we can protect such plants and thereby extend our growing season It s a wonderful treat to have the flavors of summer linger into the autumnal months and equally exciting coldframes offer a simple easy do it yourself opportunity for you to do the same Salvage an old glass door at the dump or make use of that old plastic sheeting in your garage Building a coldframe doesn t require fancy materials nothing beyond the above some wood and screws to put it all together Keep it basic

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  • Published Articles - Dought - North Country News
    Proboscises aside it s an unnerving feeling to stick one s hand into the earth and be greeted with a puff of powder Here at D Acres we think of ourselves as growing soil as much as we are growing food Our dirt is alive It offers the fertility and nutrients that create lush and abundant food crops Yet of late our soil has been lacking a touch of its vivacious nature its spongy quality its soft dark composition its pungent earthy aroma Rather our dirt quite simply is thirsty Parched Arid Dry dry dry At least up here on the hill the sun has been hitting us hot this summer and the rain clouds rarely live up to the portends of moisture in their dark underbellies The absence of precipitation surely is the best means of understanding its fundamental importance Water is Life And it is a simple antidote to droopy leaves wilty plants yellowed bushes and desiccated berries So we ve been busy maximizing the efficiency of two aspects of our work water sequestration and water delivery Thanks to our ponds gutters and holding tanks coupled with pumps and hoses pipes and tubes beauty and bounty dominate the property Indeed a fair portion of our time has been dedicated to irrigation We are lucky to have our ponds and wise to have our rain barrels It may not rain often but when it does most every available roof has a gutter hung at its edge and a barrel tank or can on the corner These efforts have made quite the difference our dinner plates are the evidence Nevertheless it s a tenuous line Despite the water we have caught from the sky and lifted from our ponds the soil continues to be dusty I ll admit we ve

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  • Published Articles - Farm Day 2011 - North Country News
    around the corner We welcome you to join us for good food and good times on Saturday August 13th This isn t just any ole gathering here at the homestead this is the event of the summer A bountiful season is well underway and we re excited to share the fruits vegetables of our labor with you Rain or shine we ve got our circus tent up and a pig roast waiting for you Farm Day routinely brings over 200 people to the farm and we expect to well exceed that number here in 2011 Festivities begin at 4pm with a farm tour face painting kids weaving activities and a variety of local organizations showcasing their efforts And that s just to get things started Our famous pig roast dinner will kick off at 6pm accompanied by a variety of home grown and local delectables potluck desserts are always welcome This year s entertainment will be brought to you by the Sugar River Band Music will begin during the dinner hour then we ll clear the tables and have a good old fashioned barn dance at 7 30pm Don t miss this one In addition to music and food Farm Day is a great time to test your luck at prize winning while supporting the farm We will be raffling items donated by local businesses and community members all proceeds will support the ongoing educational programming at D Acres Prizes include a night s stay at Indian Head Resort boat rental vouchers a geneology search children s books artisanal goods by local artists and a Mary Kay products Save the Date Saturday August 13 4pm dinner begins at 6pm A 10 suggested donation will be greatly appreciated Proceeds generated from this event will be used to fund educational programs and

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  • Published Articles - Garlic Scapes - North Country News
    and healthy garlic bulb The scapes meanwhile proffer a subtle garlic taste a month or two before the bulbs are to be harvested What a treat Here at D Acres however the problem of abundance is upon us You ll reliably find garlic scapes in bout every dish for the next month From pizza toppings to stir frys and sautées from eggs quiches frittatas to fritters vegetable cakes from salad dressing pesto to marinades and so much more culinary creativity is in high demand come this time of year Try as we might our gullets can t quite absorb such a glut of the good stuff We therefore have our means of distributing such quantity through the cooler months Garlic scape pesto is made by the gallon while pickled garlic scapes have commandeered a whole section of basement real estate Garlic scape puree now dominates a corner of the freezer while brined and fermented recipes are being sought as I write this Also as I write this scapes are being moved from field to fridge Ours can only hold so much though and so I do propose that we move them into your fridge Yes we need to move our succulent scapes We need ya ll to be curious We need you to see that these are the very best things that you ve been missing all along You see we hear this all the time at dinners here or food fairs out and about Can I buy this Do you sell this How much can I offer you and on and on So now the opportunity has arrived D Acres Prized Pesto is available for sale here at the farm Pickled Garlic Scapes can now be purchased here at D Acres as well as through Local Foods Plymouth www

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  • Published Articles - Potatoe Hilling - North Country News
    couldn t distract the focus Potatoes were earning my full attention this particular Thursday in June Here at D Acres you see potatoes are an integral component of our forest to garden conversion process The work alluded to above is the hilling of our special spuds This happens once a month during the summer until the harvest is upon us And let me tell you the more hands the better This year we planted 295 pounds of potatoes the task of hilling is not a quick one With Josh Regina and I plus our powerhouse of seven interns it was a day and a half affair Even promises of an end of the day oh so sweet what could be more refreshing swimming hole trip couldn t make it happen any faster It s a physical task and there is no appropriate preparation for eight hours of carrying emptying and re filling five gallon buckets other than buckling down and doing it But we ve made it through spring training so to speak our July hilling should be all the easier In my own mind trudging between rows of green leaves and paths of clover history offered a helpful perspective Access to this particular pasture is limited surrounded by a stone wall of yore It is wonderfully and inconveniently in a fine state necessitating the hauling of each compost laden bucket up and over and down the sturdy stack of rocks The compost could only be driven so close to one side the potatoes only so close to the wall s inner edge So each bucket covered a path of history a testament to the work that had once created this pasture a reminder that it s interim as forest and it s present return to field is just one

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  • Published Articles - Lawn Care - North Country News
    munching the clover plantain dandelion and assorted grasses into temporary submission these are their favorites of the daily selection however they ll mischievously snatch at apple trees or a paw paw leaf if you re not careful The sides of paths and walkways the edges of gardens the field space we use for tents each of these grow quickly The oxen provide a check and balance to the system Not only do August Henri keep things looking presentable for us they glean significant calories from the land This daily hour or two walk provides a lush and reliable source of food for these large work animals during the summer months For us it s about using all the available biomass that presents itself The sun s energy and the soil s nutrients regularly produce a wealth of rogue weeds and persistent grasses Our temperaments are much better off if we see this cornucopia of growth as free fodder rather than troublesome invasives attempting to ruin our gardens growth That being said there are certainly nooks and crannies on the property into which the oxen can t reach their sizeable frames They are also picky and obstinately turn their broad shoulders on patches of barbed grass and milkweed The pigs and chickens though are not so discerning Therefore for these lower grade weeds and hard to reach places we make use of a hand scythe A hand scythe is an excellent tool for edging With a sharp curved blade a hand scythe is like a weed whacker specializing in accuracy and precision Using this tool to cut grass and weeds is part of our daily summertime chores enabling us to feed significant quantities of biomass to our numerous pigs and many chickens Not only are we converting the sun s energy

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