Another year of Dacha-ing and now we have new things to show off at the Green Building Tour. New pond, a lovely new garden area and much more. Join us on Sunday Oct 5 from 10am – 4pm and see for yourself. We’re looking forward to it.
Find more information here. Thanks to Cornell Cooperative Extension for putting all this together!
by Emma, Dacha Intern
On Sunday, July 12 the The Dacha Project, with the help of IthaCan, invited folks of the community to take a tour of the homestead. Guests were welcomed to come throughout the afternoon, and each tour was tailored to the specific interests of the group. One family enjoyed exploring the garlic patch, and other groups were interested in the construction projects. Lily, was the primary hostess explaining the various projects such as the outside shower and solar panels.
The outside shower, pictured above, is a project developed this summer to solve an on-going issue. The Dacha is something called an earth bermed home, meaning the earth is incorporated in the construction of the structure.Due to the participants of the Dacha being homestead beginners, moisture issues have developed after the construction that were not anticipated. The outside shower is a way to reduce these issues because less moisture will be created inside the house if more people shower outside. As an added bonus, the beautiful summer scenery makes for a relaxing time!
As the tour concluded, guests were treated to fresh black raspberries, and red and black currants picked from the north garden. Since The Dacha is interested in biodiversity, every plant is chosen for a specific reason. In the case of berries, having a wide selection allows exploration of the nuances of different species, such as flavor, texture, and nutritional value. For example, did you know that black raspberries are different from blackberries? Blackberries, or Rubus allegheniensis, leave a differently shaped receptacle than the black raspberry, or Rubus occidentalis. When plucked, the blackberry leaves a flat receptacle rather than the cone shaped receptacle that the black raspberry leaves.
The Dacha Project hopes to invite more guests to the homestead for discovery and exploration. Stay tuned for information!
Curious about Homesteading?
This outreach event will educate the public on the homesteading lifestyle via sites (homesteads) holding “open house” style tours. The sites will cover a range of homesteading practices and offer the attendees a look into the practical, real-life implementation of contemporary homesteading.
See here for features and open hours of the hosting homesteads. Tours are child-friendly and will take place rain or shine. Arrive anytime during open hours. There is no cost involved, although some locations will have produce/products for sale. Come enjoy the peaceful, hard-working lifestyles of our featured homesteaders!
2014 FEATURED HOMESTEAD SITES
- The 1817 Homestead
- The Dacha Project
- Peasant Dreams Farm
- The Quarry House
- White Hawk Ecovillage
We’re doing some Spring cleaning and projects here at the Dacha. Join us at our place as we work on some landscaping, permaculture planning, organizing, gardening and working on our earth berm to keep the house dry and warm.
We will be working from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday! We’ll cook up a pot of something hot and we can give you a tour if you’re new to this type of building and living! Get in touch or just show up.
Dacha ArtCamp 2013, a set on Flickr.
We celebrated our 5th birthday with a weekend of friends, meals, games and making things. Things: Apple cider. A shimmery fabric tent. A sapling fence for our new garden. And a collaborative timeline of the history of the universe. Thank yous to the folks that made it out here!
We turn five this summer and are celebrating by getting together and making stuff! To learn more visit our Facebook event page or email us at dachaproject at gmail.
We’re planning to have a party Fri the 2nd of Nov, Halloween style, with a night time walk through the woods where we will entertain guests with giant beasts and whatnot. Whatnot? Let’s make some of that – I’m talking giant paper mache creatures, interactive scary installations that we can set up among trees and brambles.
Come to our house and help me make a vision for the walk. Bring craft supplies if you have any. If not, we can use cardboard, fabric, wheat paste, sticks and whatever else we find. Get creative, have a whole woods as your stage. If you can’t come on this day, just get in touch and we can meet other times, too. Bring scissors if you have them, fabric, paint…anything you think might be useful. Bring ideas and friends, too.
Rain or shine. Come out and support the Dacha Project, by putting in some horsepower this upcoming Sunday! That’s right, we’re having another work party weekend.
Last weekend, we built a structure for recycling and garbage, constructed a firewood cutting station, and put the final coat of plaster on an entire quarter of this passive-solar earth-bermed wonder, amongst other things.
This weekend, there will be much much more. Hurrah!
Any number of people that show up motivate us to get more projects done. Besides, it’s beautiful out here right now and it’s pretty much everywhere you want to be. Yey!
Thank you for <3ing the bedazzle out of us, and coming out!
Let us know if you’ll be joining us by emailing dachaproject at gmail dot com.