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  • Published Articles - Baker River Appreciation Day - North Country News
    at Rumney s Calm Post Café 4 9pm Those of us from the farm will be coordinating a paddle and clean up of the Baker River beginning at 10am We will depart from the Rumney Rest Area along Rt 25 and head to the Rumney Main St Bridge Paddlers in their own boats will collect trash and debris then enjoy a complimentary lunch prepared by the Calm Post Café and D Acres Shuttles will be provided for volunteers For more information please contact D Acres at 603 786 2366 or info dacres org If the water s not your forte however you have other options 9am 12pm will be a volunteer trail work session at Rumney Rocks with Ryan Harvey of the United States Forest Service USFS Volunteers will engage in a variety of trail maintenance tasks then join the paddlers for lunch by the Main St Bridge Space is limited so please register now Contact Ryan Harvey at 603 536 6129 rjharvey fs fed us or D Acres as listed above Meet at the Rumney Rocks parking lot For folks interested in other beautification efforts there will also be a road clean up within the Rumney Village 10 30am 12 30pm All participants should meet at the Rumney Library And that s not all Beginning at 1 30pm Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative PAREI will be leading a bike tour of farms and solar homes 1 30 3 30pm There will be three different routes that bikers can choose from based on experience and difficulty The bike ride which will begin at the Rumney Library is a fundraiser for Local Foods Plymouth pre registration is 20 per person For more information please contact Melissa Greenawalt Yelle at localfoodsplymouth gmail com Now I have to say this so read carefully Please be aware that all physical activities contain inherent risk Participants personal safety is their personal responsibility Please bring proper safety gear such as life preserving vests for aquatic activity and helmets for bike riding Let care and prudence reign please Ok now for the real punch line This series of July 10th events will culminate with a community gathering at the Calm Post Café in Rumney The event begins at 4pm and will feature local farm fresh dinner local bands local artisans organizations and aquatic education Volunteers with the morning river clean up and trail maintenance will receive complimentary dinner All other attendees can purchase dinner provided by the Calm Post Café for 10 plate Beginning at 4 30pm local bands will provide entertainment Blue Ribbon All Stars The Cable Guys Black Bear Moon and The Crunchy Western Boys PSU professor Kerry Yurewicz will lead aquatic educational activities local blacksmiths Joe Vachon and Steve Ash will demonstrate their art with fire and steel and Mo the Clown will provide clever entertainment for all ages All attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to our door prize raffle Drawing will be at 8pm for a large handmade bowl turned by Rumney

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  • Published Articles - Pottery - North Country News
    makes the world a better place I have created my life as a potter to work directly with the earth and learn skills of self sufficiency trying to connect with nature and be conscious of my consumption of its resources It was challenging though to maintain gardens while involved in intense pottery production and weekend craft shows So I have come to D Acres a small experiment in living sustainably where the foundation is laid for eating well inspiration and authentic expression I am here to make art from mud in every shape size and function I will make mugs to use for tea brewed with the dried flowers and herbs that grow in D Acres gardens I will make musical instruments for entertainment by the campfire The largest work will be a Japanese style kiln coated in cob clay sand straw and sculpted into a dragon Sculptures will begin emerging as if planted in the farmscape I hope to work with the land and strive to reflect the beauty of Nature s majesty Clay as a vessel for fire is a driving force in my work I grew up with a wood stove in my home and every time my mom would light it she would say Burn baby burn At an early age I caught the bug for building fires When I started making pottery I searched for a way to fire my work without using electricity or gas One day I took old electric kilns to my backyard stacked them up on bricks and built a fire underneath This first experiment fired to 2000 degrees in two hours I was stoked to discover that I could get paid to play with fire Here at D Acres I will be continuing my fiery endeavors already having built a

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  • Published Articles - Local Food Guide - North Country News
    baked goods local farmers provide quite an array of goods to our region But saying it is not enough We want to celebrate the diversity of local foods and spread the word Come find our what we re talking about at the 2010 Pemi Baker Local Food Guide Launch It will be held on the Plymouth Common June 12 11am 1pm Pick up the 4th edition of the Local Food Guide meet local farmers sample their goods and enjoy the tunes of local musicians D Acres began publishing the Local Food Guide in 2007 the beginning steps to cultivating a thriving local food network Since then we ve expanded the guide each year now totaling 39 farmers and 23 local advertisers Thanks to the advertisements of local establishments a listing in the guide is a free service to area producers New to 2010 we ve also included a map pinpointing local farms as well as information on summer and winter farmer s markets throughout the Pemi Baker region Why such excitement over a local food guide Well for one we at D Acres are remarkably interested in food Everyone needs to eat and the better the food the better the health and the well being of both people and land Local food specifically increases individuals connection to a region and its landscape while decreasing dependency on national and international systems of production and distribution Furthermore strengthening local food networks is a direct means of providing local income to local people a means of keeping our money local and investing in our own community To quote farmer and author Wendell Berry without prosperous local economies the people have no power and the land no voice So knowing your farmer is vitally important and not just in the summer Eating is a

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  • Published Articles - Water Catchment - North Country News
    rain is near dear and much appreciated How to direct water how to collect water how to use water these are all questions that are central to how things flow and function here at D Acres Organic Farm Educational Homestead But from a very personal perspective I just don t like being in it The first few hours of working under raindrops I can wish it wasn t so and continue on my way If we re struck with consecutive days of rain I can resign myself to the reality and get done what needs doing But when the memory of sunshine loses its freshness when streams become rivers and ditches have whitecaps can you see where I m heading with this Here s to hoping we re not out and about in the deluge of water we ve had the past two summers I want to be careful what I write lest I jinx us to parched soil and dry ponds But a few more days of sun a few less days of rain a few more gentle showers a few less pounding storms well it would be nice wouldn t it Who am I to wish for something so grand So instead let s talk about water And how we use it Even say hypothetically that it rains the months of June and July Hard to imagine I know but try Think how many raindrops you could harness in that time For watering indoor plants for doing dishes for flushing your toilet it you ve yet to convert to the non flush system seriously the list goes on While the skies are still clear get yourself set up Do you have gutters in place Instead of draining roof runoff down to the ground direct it to a tank

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  • Published Articles - Springs Arrival - North Country News
    This a rich and beautiful thing as reliable as ole Ben Franklin s stand bys of death and taxes Like any good treat though it can still evince some proper complaints After all there must be something to bemoan for the sake of gossip and passing conversation And spring I think can garner the greatest quantity of head shakes over first the bugs and second the dandelions I ll let the bugs stand on their own They bite and bite hard agreed and I m still working out my positive spin on those critters But dandelions If you re going for the New England Best Kept Lawn I suppose I hear your point though I would rather fight the grass than fight the flowers Imagine a carpet of dandelions to walk upon Even better though call your persistent patch of dandelions a garden bed and suddenly Mother Nature is offering you free food The greens are delicious especially in spring and the flowers a tasty garnish Better yet dig some roots dry some leaves and you ve got yourself some tea with a nutritive punch And I hear supposedly you can roast the roots and create a coffee substitute I don t drink the latter so I won t be the one to judge Someone please let me know If all that s not enough to convince you of the treasure chest a flowering lawn can provide consider this You can drink the benefits of dandelion flowers as well No I don t mean juice or tea We re talking homemade dandelion wine spirits to fortify you through the fall and winter Come on that had to peek your interest just a little no Well listen there ll be a workshop at D Acres on that very thing Sunday May

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  • Published Articles - Spring Greens - North Country News
    our lower hoop house Buckets and watering cans are our precise distributors The new kitchen greenhouse requires a hose run from an outdoor spigot though an extra tank when filled via the hose accommodates the watering can option as well Our g animal cob greenhouse is best watered with a hose and watering wand combination This is where things can get slightly out of control It would seem to be a straight forward process ok yes I can generally keep myself dry But I m short some shelves are tall and the hose rarely wants to bend in my preferred direction For someone who spends a fair amount of time getting dirty I don t particularly like getting wet But it s a moot point in the end because I sure do like eating and this time of year I m willing to employ the word ecstatic with regards to salad greens Testing my mettle against a hose a few times a week is an exaggerated comeuppance for sure The more worthwhile point to be made is it s April and we re stuffing ourselves with salad Yes that definitely deserves an exclamation point Our freezer continues to burst at the seams with bacon sausage and the likes so no one can justly accuse us of eating like rabbits But after a season of potatoes turnips and squash every day greens are a delicacy Some spicy some sweet some bitter some so potently green others fresh and light to the palatte forgive me throw in the word robust and I ll start to sound like a wine label But you get the point It feels like a power meal of nutrients all that photosynthesized energy fueling our own muscles our own efforts And we ve been stuffing these delightful leaves

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  • Published Articles - Barn Dance - North Country News
    wired to our ears and pumped through speakers Isn t there something different about music that is created right in front of us Sure the same likes and dislikes insist on stating themselves and good skill is more pleasant than the lack thereof But to create music to experience it before us well it makes for a pretty good time There is a purpose to this thought and here it comes What I ve got in mind is a good ole barn dance Some call it contra dancing some call it traditional folk dancing some call it New England barn dancing You know what I mean Fiddle players flying along with their bows and strings calling out steps and sequences as the muddled groups before them sort themselves into an organized dance There are lines and circles swing your partners and do si dos And the music is remarkable Lively and up tempo with all the history of this northcountry life seemingly stuffed right in to each tune The notes burst out and guide the dancers dancers smile laugh attempt coordination and encourage the musicians Of course this is all being said for a reason Saturday April 10 D Acres and the Cardigan Mountain Arts Association are hosting a family barn dance at the Enfield Community Center And not just any dance New Hampshire s renowned folk artists Dudley Jacqueline Laufman the Two Fiddles will be calling the steps You don t want to miss this Dudley has been calling barn dances for over fifty years while he and Jacqueline have been touring as Two Fiddles since 1986 In 2009 Dudley was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship our nation s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts for his tireless efforts to promote and preserve New England barn dancing

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  • Published Articles - Maple Sugarring - North Country News
    if you choose to regardless of your set up Really Some maple trees taps buckets and a woodstove are all you need We started collecting sap within four days of tapping out it was running so fast in this spring heat Too busy to begin boiling right away we could barely keep up with collecting buckets before they threatened to overflow Each of us were out there in turn carrying buckets of liquid gold as carefully as the slushy snow would let us Visitors to the farm were forcefully encouraged to lend a hand Friends volunteers even some boy scouts were part of the action By the time the first boil came around we had 160 gallons stockpiled Before the morning was out the count was up to 185 And still drip drip dripping into our smorgasbord of five gallon buckets In our sugar shack a poster is hung which describes the sap to syrup conversion process as follows it takes about 40 gallons of sap quickly boiled down to make one gallon of syrup The numbers are right on and are a testament to what we are willing to do for sugar more on that in a moment It s the adverb in the sentence that gets me Quickly it says Well now just for examples sake yesterday s tallies are as follows 5 45am to 9 15pm roughly 90 gallons of sap boiled to a watery syrup that still needs to be finished indoors on our stove We re figuring on 2 gallons of syrup from that batch and that s after 15 hours 30 minutes and an imposing quantity of wood Evaporation is not on our old woodstove to say the least what one would willingly term quick Nevertheless the time effort and wood required for this

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