Recently, Farmer Matt, who organizes most of the growing and planting, started a video series to help others farm more efficiently, organically and just plain easier. Check out the full playlist here.
Here are a few examples:
Our lovely friend and film maker from Montreal, Maxime Pelletier, visited us 5 years ago as he was traveling across the US to make this film. We were still building and gardening and had a little baby living in the house. Check it out.
Film Description: American Utopias is a special journey on the mythical roads of the United States of America. We drove 10 000 miles across the country to view firsthand practicing utopias. We saw communities of tiny houses, intentional communities, an urban laboratory and also participated in Burning Man, an artistic gathering in Nevada. All along our journey, we wondered about the possibility of an ideal community and the core values that underpin any such initiative. Have you ever imagined living in a 150 square feet home? Could you live without electricity or gas? Would you live at a stone’s throw from your workplace? These questions and more are the subject matter of the feature-length documentary American Utopias.
This was after we just had some construction and after our big Dacha Decade party, so things are a little messier and weirder than usual but it’s lovely to have this moment in time captured for memories.
DachaCrafts is the name of the collection of artwork created by Isaac Sharp and Marina Gershon. We are having our first art show at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY on Friday, August 3, 2018! Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/200805597258667/
This summer WWOOF came by the Dacha Farm to take some pictures and check in on how we’re doing. Some of us have participated in WWOOF – learning about farming and agriculture through direct experience on other people’s farms. Now that we have our own little farm, we offer it to others. Here’s the short video they made:
If you’re looking for a WWOOF experience – get in touch! Learn more here.
Yesterday was the perfect day to inoculate some logs. We ordered spawn and a cool inoculation tool that puts sawdust spawn into pre-drilled holes. We cut down the sugar maple wood 10 days ago. That was the first step.
Then we drilled a lot of holes with a special drill bit that attaches to an angle grinder.
Here is Matt working hard. We used 2 strains of shiitake spawn – one that fruits in late Fall and early Spring and another that fruits during the warmer months. This will extend the harvesting season.
Maple with spawn in the holes:
We used hot wax (with mineral oil in it) to seal the inoculation sites so that other fungi wouldn’t have a chance.
Now we have about 48 logs and hopefully some will fruit this October! See the stacking method Matt used below:
Here are some photos from Winter 2017. Giant icicles, lots of snow – but milder than usual. We’ve also been working on projects indoors like making cool art, and finishing up interior walls and fixtures. If you haven’t visited us in a long time, come by this summer and see the changes we’ve made!