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  • Published Articles - Sustainable Communities - North Country News
    is about local resources and functional art It is about community relationships of mutual support Please understand this is my own definition and nothing more than that Tell me what would yours include I think for me it really comes down to local networks and within that I would specify food and economics So here at D Acres for example we re in the midst of compiling our fifth edition of the Pemi Baker Local Goods Guide Showcasing area farmers artists and second hand retailers thousands of copies of the Guide are published each year and released to the public on Memorial Day Distributed throughout the seasons to locals and visitors alike the Guide connects local producers to local consumers We are actively looking for new listings to include in the 2011 edition as well as local businesses to advertise in the Guide please give us a call if that s you 603 786 2366 or info dacres org There are local connections and community systems all around us us being D Acres yes but also being the inhabitants of the Pemi Baker region Local Foods Plymouth for example is an online farmer s market connecting Plymouth area farmers to all of us who need to eat www localfoodsplymouth org Or meet Eddie at Plymouth s Café Monte Alto who recently entered the local niche of the beverage market along with Six Burner Bistro Mark s Eatery Having added D Acres herbal tea blend to Café Monte Alto s menu offerings is a heartening commitment to the local foods movement locally grown organic herbal tea is something you can t get at Dunkin Donuts or MickeyD s Swing by the café and show your support order some D Acres herbal tea today Now this is going to seem tangential but

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  • Published Articles - Winter Reality - North Country News
    carpet lined fortresses This is the first winter for these piglets certainly Mama hadn t explained the capricious whims of Jack Frost My boots crunched and squeaked over the cold cold snow in a hurried gait towards the front door these sound effects being the only ones to soak through my three hats and two scarves The effect bordered on cartoonish assisted by my gloves that snow covered from morning chores had frozen into claw form while still upon my nipped hands Once inside the fire quickly mellowed the sting imbedded in my cheeks and nose The men were boasting of the advantage of beards skeptical it seemed to me that an icy scarf was more easily removed Offering quite the contrast our collection of houseplants looked out from upon the windowsills reaching for the sun oblivious to the cold just a pane away While the banana plant looked weary the begonia maintained its brilliant reddish leaves The aloe of course was as indestructible as ever On this day more so than others thus far this season the time for indoor and outdoor work was well distinguished A desire for movement and fresh air was wisely tamed by the harsh chill in the air cabin fever isn t that feverish Wintertime in general is used for planning for organizing for administrating for maintaining and for crafting here at D Acres In particular we take these cold and snowy months to review and revise our guiding documents For example our Organization Manual Covering history policy and philosophy the manual is continually evolving with the organization Our most recent session fixated on our description of Realities Our agrarian reality more specifically We wanted to acknowledge the perceived sacrifices of small scale farming and simple living assert the many rewards of such a

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  • Published Articles - Permaculture Design Certification Course 2011 - North Country News
    design implementation for a sustainable future Bingo bango sounds pretty good eh What I m getting at though is the ability to stack functions while designing gardens buildings landscapes and beyond with a multiplicity of functions in mind The zip line plan from above got some laughs and may sit a step or two down the priority list but it s a fun example of thinking outside the box Sure it provides travel With the ease of architect paper it was designed as a power source as well had a clothesline component and a bucket carrying function Granted I prefer to get down to something more practical Let s talk of an apple tree as food as shade as windbreak as artisan wood as smokehouse flavor and its leaves as natural mulch come autumn Or how about pigs as stump removers brush clearers ground turners soil fertilizers compost builders and thank goodness as bacon providers The understanding and application of permaculture is refined over the course of a lifetime But you can begin here and now with D Acres 2nd Permaculture Through the Seasons certification course It s a unique opportunity offered one weekend a month from April to November excepting June A range of topics are covered permaculture ethics principles the design process food energy security natural systems biodiversity site analysis assessment backyard gardening sustainable agriculture natural building appropriate technology sustainable forestry creating food forests animals in a permaculture system solar greenhouse design village design local economies Students then apply the principles and praxis studied to a design project of their own Taking place on the D Acres grounds over the course of spring summer and fall participants are exposed to the seasonal farm perspective and the variety of monthly considerations therein With fourteen years of permaculture in practice

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  • Published Articles - Soup - North Country News
    well that s no reason to let soup fall off the charts of edible delights Neither should drab images and unfounded suppositions of weak broths or watery ladles deter you from the vigor and veracity of gustatory sensations brewing within a proper cup of soup Do I have your attention Soup is delightful Also warming It can be hearty or subtle sweet or savory robust flavorful colorful and succulent Soup can be meat or vegetables or greens or beans or last week s leftovers Soup can be creamy or chunky pureed or choc full Soup can be many things All of which fall into the category of good eats Not just that but here at D Acres Permaculture Farm Educational Homestead we think our soup is some of the best around Ingredients are always from the farm and vary with the seasons be it red cored carrots purple cabbage or creamy potatoes from the winter root cellar spicy garlic tiger eye beans or varieties of squash harvested in the fall hardy greens and numerous herbs from the gardens or the greenhouses heirloom tomatoes fiery peppers or even refreshing cucumbers yes that was a particularly delectable dish as the summer heat peaks The list goes on and on Regardless of where it stops our soups are full of flavor the product of lifetimes Rich soil strong compost attentive care and regular tending compose the essence of our recipes We re farmers our workdays are centered on the needs and cycles of edible foods Sub par meals would not be worth this sort of dedication I assure you Therefore with all humility and modesty I would rate our soup du jour as par excellence and beyond And starting this month D Acres Third Saturday of every Month Seasonal Soup Night will be

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  • Published Articles - 2011 Theme - North Country News
    carpet lined fortresses This is the first winter for these piglets certainly Mama hadn t explained the capricious whims of Jack Frost My boots crunched and squeaked over the cold cold snow in a hurried gait towards the front door these sound effects being the only ones to soak through my three hats and two scarves The effect bordered on cartoonish assisted by my gloves that snow covered from morning chores had frozen into claw form while still upon my nipped hands Once inside the fire quickly mellowed the sting imbedded in my cheeks and nose The men were boasting of the advantage of beards skeptical it seemed to me that an icy scarf was more easily removed Offering quite the contrast our collection of houseplants looked out from upon the windowsills reaching for the sun oblivious to the cold just a pane away While the banana plant looked weary the begonia maintained its brilliant reddish leaves The aloe of course was as indestructible as ever On this day more so than others thus far this season the time for indoor and outdoor work was well distinguished A desire for movement and fresh air was wisely tamed by the harsh chill in the air cabin fever isn t that feverish Wintertime in general is used for planning for organizing for administrating for maintaining and for crafting here at D Acres In particular we take these cold and snowy months to review and revise our guiding documents For example our Organization Manual Covering history policy and philosophy the manual is continually evolving with the organization Our most recent session fixated on our description of Realities Our agrarian reality more specifically We wanted to acknowledge the perceived sacrifices of small scale farming and simple living assert the many rewards of such a

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  • Published Articles - Buckets - North Country News
    for dirt and for compost and for sand buckets for woodchips buckets for veggie oil buckets for coal for construction scraps and for gravel buckets for maple sap buckets for carrots buckets for cabbage heads chard stems and chicken feed buckets for basketballs buckets for drums buckets for stools and tools and fuels oh my Our storage of buckets bespeaks a natural triage There are the buckets that we wash each day and return to area restaurants the barrels that satiate our piglets lust for leftovers Then there are the buckets around the house barn and outbuildings that wear the stains of use some carried about frequently while most are simply accumulating waiting biding time And finally there s the pile not quite out of sight but which we try to keep out of mind the buckets bearing such quantities of gunk smeg and dirtiness that they are no longer pleasant or possible to use This third pile was where I found myself one recent morning Out of mind no longer Snow was coming ice was already accounted for and plans for winter logging meant the stash was to be ignored no more So I sorted through the wet leaves the algae funk and the blocks of ice A trip to the dump was soon to depart D Acres I can announce is now free of well aged gloppity glop and schloppity schlop at least as stored in forgotten five gallon vessels The second part of the project naturally was storing all the useable but over abundant buckets in an accessible spot Check So now the grand announcement we d like to spread the wealth of the bucket brigade Yes that comes with a lid It may seem silly but surely you could use a bucket Give a call drop

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  • Published Articles - Herbal Tea - North Country News
    out the back door and select our share of lemon balm mint nettle calendula the possibilities are numerous We also spend hours each week through the summer and early fall drying and storing all manner of herbs Although the gardens are less than lush this time of year our shelves and cabinets are over stocked with a plethora of aromatic bunches The next step then is to put em in a pot steep em in water and voilá you ve got the best tea going Say I m biased if you must but think on it These herbs are tended with care and perspicacity from the soil in which each plant is grown to the conditions in which each leaf is dried Tea for us is akin to our daily medicine a means of promoting health and wellbeing in our day to day routines And we want to share that with you Granted a cup of tea is offered to most anyone who passes through the farm and that s still the case but we re going one step further After a decade of taste testing our favorite concoctions we ve developed Summer 2010 D Acres original organic tea blend It contains nettle raspberry leaf mint lemon balm holy basil echinacea calendula rose petal and lavender Just two teaspoons in your favorite mug makes for a delicious brew New this month Summer 2010 is available at a variety of Main Street establishments in Plymouth as well as the Common Café in Rumney Stop by and ask for a cup we appreciate your support of our local economy We re also selling the blend here at the farm and online www localfoodsplymouth org if you d prefer brewing it yourself Drinking a glass of tea calls many thoughts to mind bucolic

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  • Published Articles - Know Your Food - North Country News
    Clearly everyone must know that s what a refrigerator is for Their superior chuckles hinted at their dubious interior monologues It took some explaining but the concept of seeds and sprouts then big vegetables growing in the ground was conveyed The words at least were understood even if the sanity of such a process was still in question I was reminded of this exchange this past week Three of our regular visitors to D Acres Permaculture Farm Educational Homestead all under the height of three feet and the age of five found me planting out nursery stock They had the same perplexed look the same authoritarian stance upon demanding Why are your hands dirty Well why are your hands clean I responded Yup that stumped em Their escort kindly explained that I was helping the plants to grow taking grapes groundnut rose rogosa lilac and willow out of pots and planting them into the soil I nodded in agreement Did they want to help me finish It s like making mudpies for adults I prodded Nope no definitely not Ok fair enough They had a date with apple juice and coloring books I simply had shovels and mud to offer I certainly don t begrudge them their fine affairs but how will they know from whence their fruit drinks came It seems that in the stereotypical struggle to make children like carrot sticks or think apples slices are fun we ve forgotten the rest of the story all together Maybe we wouldn t have to wrap fruit roll ups with jokes or fruit loops with comic characters if kids could share in their own story with their own food If they could taste a carrot they planted weeded and pulled themselves a carrot that was juicy in its tender freshness

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