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/
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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.
Hey Dacha pals, join us this weekend for some sweet Dacha events.
First, tonight Friday Sept 30th:
Join us tonight at the movies. Yes, the Dacha made it into a local movie about energy independence and it is playing tonight. Take a look at what Tompkins county residents are doing with wind, solar and geothermal power. Our own Lily Gershon will be on the discussion panel after the show.
Check out Empowered at Cinemapolis at 7pm. More info at http://empoweredthemovie.com/
The weekend continues on Sunday Oct 2, 10am-4pm – the Dacha opens its doors for the Green Building Tour. Come see our place for yourself and interrogate us about our buildings and systems. Then continue on the tour and see other sustainable houses in Tompkins county.
You have arrived at our new website. Please look around, but do not be ALARMED at the sight of empty pages. The site is fresh up in the garden, and the Dacha Project crew is busy populating/pollinating it with content.
Still if you are here, best to look around! Have suggestions or the need to lavish praise upon us for the new site, then please email us @ dachaproject at gmail dot com.
A big shout out to ARI MOORE, super-heroine from Shirari Industries, for building the site, and to Lea LSF (that’s me) for the graphic design! And multiple props to the rest of the Dacha crew for all the input, terrific ideas and the general hi-five-ish quality they possess.
When all is ready we’ll have an official website launch! Imagine the fun…also, when all is rolling, we’ll be looking for a media intern, or two, to help document the projects here. So if you know someone, let them know.
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On April 10th the Dacha hosted it’s very first workshop led by Danila on inoculating logs with oyster mushrooms! The event proved what a group of 15-20 novice naturalists can accomplish with a little knowledge, 750 spore infested dowels, and several drill guns. Although many of the attendees were new to mushroom growing, almost thirty logs were successfully inoculated.
To maximize efficiency (and to let everyone try their hand at each aspect of the process) the students formed a loose assembly line: drilling holes on all sides of each log (the hardcore part), whack-a-moling the dowels into the holes (the fun, anger management, part), and painting the holes with wax to keep them moist (the messy part).
To witness this feet of fungal mastery, check out the little wooded patch at the dacha, where the logs are casually leaning in a patch of dappled sunlight preparing to pop little white oyster heads.
This news is a bit belated, but just as official–the land is OURS!
On July 15th Lily, Lea, Danila, Joe and I gathered to sign away our collective souls to 16 acres of green goodness (Marina was there in postal spirit).
Although I have recently (and reluctantly) left the utopia of shale-laden waterfalls and lake-front farmer’s markets that is Ithaca for the foggy coastline of the bay area, our land survey keeps me company out west.
Hanging prominently on my wall, it reminds me that this “utopian experiment” is no longer a fantasy or a dream, but a very tangible reality for all six of us. Let the games begin!
I’m being published in this fabulous new collection, ECTOPLASMIC NECROPOLIS, by Juliet Cook of Blood Pudding Press. She exemplifies everything I love about DIY publishing–fuzzy ribbon, hand binding, & lots of style.
Read more about Blood Pudding Press here and pick up a copy of ECTOPLASMIC NECROPOLIS. Lily wants me to be famous like yesterday & I’m currently behind schedule!
Also: my amazingly talented roommate, Rick Pickett, is spreading the word about the Midday MAY DAY Strike, which will be happening this thursday @ noon:
it is almost may–which means time for a cross-country road trip ending in the summers of brooklyn & time spent on our very own land. we’re officially tree huggers & dirty hippies now.
Although Paula Bock deals mostly with urban landscapes (specifically in the northwest) & we are currently fleeing for the country, I think it’s imperative that we keep these issues close to hand&heart when thinking about community outreach and our own privileges in building our Green Nettle Dacha. How amazing would it be to create an urban sister dacha in a city (or cities!) of our choosing one day?
Keep thinking big (but sustainable)!
Back in the days of my teen angst–when I was just learning how to slam the bedroom door to achieve the most effective sound to destruction ratio (keep the volume high while retaining the basic integrity of the frame)–I used to write down all of my favorite quotes in a college-ruled notebook. Magazine cut-out letters collaged between the faces of Claire Danes and Kurt Cobain, gazing at me from behind the laminated, packing tape covers.
Most of my quotes came from episodes of My So-Called Life or Ani Difranco lyrics which spoke so completely to my adolescent gut. Now, inspirational quotes seem nothing more than fragments of Hallmark cards or banners to put on flyers for non-profit fundraising solicitations. But it’s good to hold words in your mind, to write & document sentences or phrases that open up the synapses to a glowing show of fireworks–no matter if the display is contraband or water bound.
So in dedication to my black combat boots and the shadows of Pink Flamingo Manic Panic still slightly visible on my parent’s bathroom floor, and because we’ve had a bit of a cell-phone service set back of spirits, I will share with you my inspirational QUOTE OF THE DAY brought to you by Mr. John Cage:
The practicality of changing society derives from the possibility of changing the mind.
Put on some Bikini Kill & ruminate on that for a while,
I started my day out with one very important question: How does one start a nonprofit?
I’ve worked for a variety of nonprofits over the years & my left leaning politics have often favored employment searches on Idealist.org rather than Monster.com. But despite my years of working between the walls of non-profits, I had never acquired any knowledge in reference to what steps are necessary for a group of well meaning folks to establish nonprofit status.
Here’s the deal–there are many different kinds of nonprofits. If you want to incorporate your nonprofit you need to:
1) Establish your organization by filing articles of incorporation with appropriate agencies of your state (usually the secretary of state).
2) Create a Board of Directors.
3) Secure federal income tax exemption by filing the appropriate forms with the IRS. The IRS has a FAQ about applying for tax-exemption.
This step would benefit greatly from some legal assistance! You can search for a pro bono or reduced-cost legal services that specialize in assisting new & emerging non-profits. Some pro bono organizations that Matroyshka’s Garden might want to check out are:
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-offers volunteer legal services to arts organizations and individual artists nationwide.
Corporate Pro Bono-allows us to create a listing for our nonprofit which can then be searched & viewed by lawyers who are looking for volunteer opportunities.
Lawyers Alliance for New York-offers free legal assistance to qualified nonprofit organizations in New York City.
4) In order for to procure & file the appropriate forms you might want to contact your state’s charity registration office (in New York that would be: Secretary of State information for Charitable Organizations). This would be important if you wanted to file for tax-deductible status (aka for donations to be tax deductible). Legal assistance is suggested with this as well.
5) It usually takes 4-6 months to go through the process of becoming a non-profit.
I also stumbled upon a free basic training course offered through the Foundation Center, which I will be attending on Monday, January 28th. This course is offered in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland & Washington DC (registration is required): Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits
Something that has become abundantly clear is that a mission statement is definitely needed. If you intend to go forward with seeking nonprofit status (or even if you don’t!), having a clear & concise document which encompasses your hopes & goals for your organization. This will also give you a reference point for future problems or conflicts. At this leg of the journey, your mission statement should be short & to the point–basically you want to outline why your nonprofit should exist.
As if this entry didn’t look all link-happy enough, here are some links that were helpful to me:
On the drawing board– What exactly is a Board of Directors: Who, What, Where & Why?