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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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!
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
I will be leaving this week on quite the adventure. The Community Herbal Intensive is going across country to offer our services at the Rainbow Gathering. It is located in Utah this year. I can’t wait to be camping in deserts and mountains. 7song, our teacher, runs the first aid station at the festival, and this is a great learning opportunity for his students. We have spent weeks preparing, but learning about a hypothetical first aid situation is nothing like the real thing. I am hoping to strengthen my skills working with actual people. We have done some role playing and I find that it’s really difficult to be quick thinking on the spot. Someone comes in with rashes, stomach ache etc. and all of a sudden my mind is flooded with medical information soup. The Rainbow Gathering attracts thousands of people for a week of complete off-the-grid living. Food is provided free or by donations and we are miles away from any civilization. Everyone has to be responsible for themselves and their impact on the environment, but in case something goes wrong that is where we come in.
After a week at the gathering, our class will head off to a currently unknown location to find plants for wildcrafting. We will be scouting, gathering and making medicines on site. I am really excited to be going out west and experiencing these incredible landscapes. I wonder what sort of wildlife and plants are there to be discovered.
I feel like this will be an interesting experience to share with you here on the Dacha Project online community. Many common injuries such as cuts, burns and infections are difficult to deal with in an environment like the Rainbow Gathering. Providing first aid to people “roughin it” with herbal remedies inspires me by just how much can be accomplished with a DIY mentality. I also want to share my thoughts on ethical wildcrafting and on-the-go medicine making. I will be doing weekly updates on my experience.
For now please enjoy my first video project for the homestead – it is an introduction montage, to what will eventually (when I return) become a weekly video series.
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 in place.
The cement is a bought in powder form and then water is slowly added to get the right consistency. It takes several days to weeks to completely cure as the water slowly evaporates.
The garden is finished! All the plants have been put in the ground for the summer. The seedlings were sprouted in the greenhouse and then transplanted.
The Dacha Project residents are very excited about their new outdoor shower. The hot water is provided through the veggie oil generator’s cooling process. The generator needs water to cool down its’ engine and then the water that is heated keeps their hot water tank full. The drainage from the shower will help to water Marina’s herb garden which is located next to it. All their water comes from a natural spring on site.
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.