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Mutant Corn Call for Collaborators!!!

Mutant Corn is a collaborative, agricultural art project that wants well…collaborators.  The project is inspired by the genetic, economic and social history of corn, and is in many ways an experiment in cross-breeding corn.  More importantly, it is an experiment in crossing the social boundaries of agriculture, science and art, which is something that can [...]

A Walk About the Dacha

Sunday, 7/20/14

Documenting the Dacha Project: 7/20/14 from Dacha Project on Vimeo. The structure I mentioned a few weeks back is coming together beautifully. Tammie’s food truck is also near completion. A lot has changed in the few weeks since my departure. The garden is flourishing and many projects are moving along.

Space Utility: Vertical Strawberry Tower

For the first article in the new series “Space Utility”, I decided to explore a seemingly simple but innovative gardening technique the Dacha Project uses in their gardening system: the vertical strawberry tower. The idea of utility, defined as usefulness, is important when creating an egalitarian community. One of the goals of an egalitarian community is [...]

Documenting the Dacha Project: Sunday, June 15, 2014

This past sunday, Danila and his good friend John started to put up this handsome structure that will be used to house some plants that need extra protection. The holes that the posts are going into are about a foot and a half into the ground. They decided to use cement to secure the posts [...]

A Perfect Cabbage

So, the Dacha is working on its new garden, which is still not fully fenced in (I hope no deer are reading this). Meanwhile, the veggies are still growing and feeding us. The other day I harvested my first cabbage and couldn’t help but notice how perfectly perfect it was. Fresh cabbage is a delight, [...]

Baby Garden Party

Have you ever been to a baby shower and thought hey aside from these cute cupcakes this has very little to do with new life? I have thought this exact thing while munching on a delicious cupcake. I won’t do it, said I to myself! Then as I was sitting around wondering how I can [...]

Hedge Fund with Carrots

Here at the DP we believe in three sustainabilities: environmental, economic and emotional. Investing in a third planting of carrots in mid-July grows our savings, and earns us interest. Growing carrots increases soil capacity, by breaking up the soil and attracting beneficial organisms. Pulling and eating crispy and sweet carrots in December makes us giddy. [...]

Late Summer Garden

A summer of gardening and where are we now? The vegetables are exploding out of the beds! Hooray. Tons of kale, good broccoli, cabbages, peppers, beets, and flowers. Check out the tomatillos (we learned that we shouldn’t plant these guys too close together).

The Garden Goes On

So as June approaches. the Dacha continues to plant and plan. Here in our sun room we are overflowing with starts. We’ve got all your basics – tomatoes, cucumbers, beets – but also some experiments like luffa (for sponges!). The beds in front of the house are all done and we’ve put in as much [...]

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