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  • Published Articles - Chicken Pioneers
    the name of chicken well being we want to offer them more verdant habitat In the name of soil health we don t want to exhaust the ecology of the existing paddock Too with our farming interests in mind we are already anticipating the transplanting of rootstock next spring and we need weed free areas in which to do so By placing chickens on this grassy patch now in the height of summer these birds will have ample months now through the fall freeze to eat this meadow down to dirt At that juncture we will be able to prep the area for future planting applying compost followed by a cardboard woodchip sheet mulch This winter we ll log some of the larger trees to the West eliminating the heaviest of the shade By spring we will be ready to transplant fruit trees nut trees berry bushes and medicinal groundcovers into the area So how did we go about this process of re housing a portion of our chicken flock Well all told it began with our oxen See the luxury suite in which these six chickens live is actually a wooden house atop wheels We call this a chicken tractor After re filling the limp tires this mobile home was hitched to the awaiting oxen then pulled into it s new location A truck could do the same job but the oxen are certainly more appreciative of the work From there postholes were dug for stability and durability of the fence to be Some reconnaissance in our resource pile yielded more chicken wire scraps then anticipated a fence was rapidly patched together a minimum of five feet tall Lower than this and the birds sense of adventure may just impel them to fly beyond the enclosure on which we

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  • Published Articles - Strengthening Community through a Multi-Farm CSA
    ideal location not only because it was a convenient pickup spot for members but also because library patrons were naturally interested in a table piled high with fresh artisan bread As the CSA consisted of only one product that we baked ourselves we were able to offer pro rated bread CSA memberships to individuals who happened to pass by our table and wanted to sign up for the program Multi Farm Winter CSA As soon as we began our bread CSA we began to do outreach for the multi farm winter CSA using the same general strategy as described above During this time we began reaching out to potential partner farms as well Fortunately we had strong relationships with other farmers in the area that were enormously helpful When we approached them we communicated that we were not looking for a deal we wanted them to sell their product at a price that was right for them and that we felt that it was our responsibility to communicate to potential members the importance of supporting small local farms by paying a fair price for their product We limited the size of CSA to 25 shares in recognition of our bread baking capacity all member slots were filled rapidly due to our comprehensive outreach efforts Traditional CSAs exist during the summer months and focus principally on fresh vegetables We set up our CSA to address the reality that during the winter months when most CSAs and farmers markets are dormant it is more difficult for farmers to link directly to consumers We also addressed the reality of local farms focusing on staple foods beyond vegetables While we did offer potatoes frozen kale and sauerkraut on a three week rotation we chose to focus the CSA on staple products such as eggs milk cheese meat and bread We offered both meat shares and non meat shares as well as half shares members picked up a share every other week Each share included One loaf of bread from D Acres One half gallon of raw milk from Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen One half pound of cheese from Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen One dozen eggs from Bear Knoll Farm Three pounds of potatoes two pounds of frozen kale one pint of sauerkraut alternating on a three week rotation from D Acres and Pretty Good Farm and One pound of meat if applicable rotation of pork beef chicken from Gitch s Funny Farm and Thunder Ridge Farm To ensure that payment would be secured for the participating farmers all subscribers were asked for a down payment by January 15 The remaining funds were due by the CSA start date of February 1 To accommodate low income participants donations were accepted for scholarship shares and subsidized shares This also allowed us to donate one share per week to the Meals for Many community meal program With subscription payments in hand at the beginning of the CSA we were able to pay participating farmers upfront Half of their payment

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  • Published Articles - The New Hampshire Permaculture Gathering
    Saturday August 25 9am 7 30pm The will be choc full with farm tours networking opportunities skill sharing workshops farm fresh meals grown and prepared by D Acres and a keynote lunch presentation by Jonathan Bates Workshop schedule includes Intro to Permaculture Intro to Composting Soil Fertility Intro to Beekeeping Intro to Urban Suburban Permaculture Intro to Handhewing Bread Baking Dandelion Wine Making Soapmaking and Mushrooms A full agenda of the day s events are available by contacting D Acres as HYPERLINK mailto info dacres org info dacres org or 603 786 2366 Pre registration is encouraged 20 suggested donation includes access to all aspects of the day s events as well as all you can eat D Acres lunch Folks are encouraged to stay into the evening with live music by The Goodhues Band to cap off the day s events The agriculture learning process is a lifetime investment with the New Hampshire Permaculture Gathering we are intent on sparking interest community and support networks to foster the learning journey in which we are all engaged Whether this is your introduction to the permaculture model or you are interested in expanding your projects or are in need of a community in which to share and grow your enthusiasm this first time event is an unique opportunity to integrate and network all levels of practitioners Thanks to our co sponsors the event is drawing participants from across the Granite State representing an exceptional potential for collaboration skill sharing and cross pollination of ideas Permaculture represents a lifestyle and a mode of thinking not simply an alternative style of gardening and building As such the New Hampshire Permaculture Gathering intends to unite likeminded individuals and enhance the webs of knowledge encouragement support and agricultural passion that exist across our state By

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  • Published Articles - Summer Weeding
    abound mind you indeed nature s persistent biology is the ultimate job security but our focus has shifted With the final bed weeded out last week and the last of our seeds and starts in the ground weeding has taken on a new purpose maintenance This is the pulse of the summer Weeds continue to grow at an overwhelming pace and our rapid work is now directed at staying ahead of these undesirable invaders in our garden space To this end we take to the fields each day our many hands maintaining our growing number of agricultural beds patches and rows so that our food crops flourish Each meal is a testament to the work that dirties our nails and calluses our hands As garlic scapes peas broccoli herbs berries and a plethora of greens now fill our bowls the vital nature of our work is continually demonstrated Annual food crops however haven t garnered our exclusive attention The perennials have our interest as well Flowers and groundcovers abound as do herbals and medicinals these favored species are encouraged to hold the weeds at bay They don t maintain themselves however and our efforts must be directed to these understory perennials as well as the larger species Even with weeds encroaching fruit and nut trees have begun to form fruit offering the first glimpse of the abundance that will be upon us come fall Berries are swelling and gaining color mulberries will likely be the first for pickin with blueberries gooseberries raspberries and currants close behind As we watch insects humming about the valerian and notice birds evaluating the coloring of berries we must work quickly to maintain such valuable rootstock against the competition of persistent weedy colonizers While perennials require less constant consideration than annuals they do require maintenance

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  • Published Articles - North Country News
    Leaves by Beth Weick November 2011 Occupy Together by Beth Weick October 2011 A Resting Place for Potatoes by Beth Weick October 2011 There s a Baker amongst us Beth Weick September 2011 A Tuesday with Marx by Beth Weick September 2011 Looking Ahead by Beth Weick September 2011 Rain dance please by Beth Weick August 2011 Farm Day 2011 by Beth Weick August 2011 Siege of the Scapes by Beth Weick July 2011 Sweating for Spuds by Beth Weick July 2011 Trimming the Yard by Beth Weick June 2011 Working with the Sun by Beth Weick June 2011 The flavors of Summer by Beth Weick May 2011 Piles of Dirt by Beth Weick May 2011 Like a wheelbarrow through mud by Beth Weick April 2011 Choose your holidays wisely by Beth Weick April 2011 Sugar and Smoke by Beth Weick April 2011 Problems and Solutions by Beth Weick March 2011 Punxsutawney s Partner by Beth Weick March 2011 If Alexander the Great grew a garden by Beth Weick February 2011 Outside and In by Beth Weick February 2011 SustainAbility your way by Beth Weick January 2011 Some soup to warm you by Beth Weick January 2011 2010 Alliteration anyone by Beth Weick December 2010 And for each his own pail by Beth Weick December 2010 Tea Time by Beth Weick November 2010 A Mascot for home grown carrots by Beth Weick November 2010 Talking it ou t by Beth Weick October 2010 Stardust to Garden Dust by Beth Weick October 2010 Rafters of Garlic and Puppets by Beth Weick October 2010 Woods to Waterfowl by Beth Weick September 2010 A Day of Repose by Beth Weick September 2010 What does a fruit tree mean to you by Beth Weick August 2010 And then there were ten by Beth Weick

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  • Published Articles - Alternative & Natural Building
    Alternative Building Articles A Leafy Retreat Treehouses Provide Communion with Nature by Kevin LeShane as published in E The Environmental Magazine Vol XIX No 2 March April 2008 Building with the Earth in Mind Hand by Josh Trought as published in Permaculture Magazine No 44 Summer 2005 Homemade Earthen Plaster by Lisa Pezzino staff posted December 2004 Alternative Building Workshop Guide September 2004 pfd compiled by staff and interns posted

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  • Published Articles - Forestry
    Products Wish List Donate Contact Us Media Published Articles Forestry Forestry Articles Living by Wood by Bethann Weick as published in Permaculture Activist No 83 Spring 2012 Maple Sugaring Information by Beth Weick April 2011 The Trees of D Acres pdf by Brandon Grossman Summner 2005 Woodlot to Woodcraft pdf by Abby Holm as published in the Small Farmer Journal 2005 Sustainable Forestry with Oxen pdf by Josh Trought Abby

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  • Published Articles - Energy
    Donate Contact Us Media Published Articles Energy Energy Articles Bicycle Powered Food Processor Blender Grain Mill by Joey Kile posted December 2011 Dual Recumbent Bicycle Power Station by Joey Kile posted December 2011 Methane Digestion Part 1 by Joey Kile posted November 2011 Bicycle Power Take Off by Joey Kile posted November 2011 Bicycle Powered Washing Machine by Joey Kile posted November 2011 Nimbys and the Northern Pass by Josh

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