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!
Dacha Farms has a small CSA and here is the latest harvest. Matt Ocone has been working hard in the dirt to be able to collect the bounty of the land and display it on our kitchen table. Who’s coming over for dinner?
Well, despite the rain, we were able to try out our experimental, interactive bit of theater @ Ithaca Festival 2016. It was our first attempt at this type of performance art and we learned a lot. Our favorite part was collaborating with Art Club – amazing! There may be another round of I Sense a Presence coming up, and we will certainly keep working on more art in this vein. If you’d like to know what we’re up to join our mailing list:
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