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Day at the Dacha

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 [...]

Documenting Dacha: My first day on the homestead

Hello! My name is Julia Nelson. I’m one of the new Media and Communication Interns for the Dacha Project. A recent graduate from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, I studied sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, video and sound. I found my way to Ithaca due to my enrollment in the Community Herbal Intensive [...]

Dacha Internships: Meet Emma!

Hello, everyone! My name is Emma, and I am proudly the new edition to the Dacha Project as the Sustainability and Media Intern. My objective is to document and articulate the lived reality of a do-it-yourself egalitarian community works and functions. I have a background in political science and philosophy with a degree in Politics [...]

Dacha ArtCamp to Celeberate our 5th!

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.

Vision + Mission Statement Community Word Cloud

Thanks to those who participated in our Vision + Mission survey! We used your answers to the question “How would you describe the Dacha Project to someone?” to create this word cloud. This visualization played a big role in our first Vision + Mission meeting, which we had this morning. We are using it alongside [...]

Photo Archive: Energy, Dedication, Warehouse

September 27, 2009. Photo by David Korman This photo was taken at the Lake Street house in Ithaca well before any of us moved out to the dacha.  Outlined on the blackboard were three words to describe our agenda for that specific meeting: energy, dedication, warehouse.  Gawd knows what it meant to us back then, [...]

In an effort at organizational transparency…

…we are posting our notes from our last meeting, held yesterday Dec. 14, 2011.  The notes should mention that the meeting was concluded by each member drawing a name out of a hat for Secret Santa, and that the whole affair was followed up by a sauna. Please no inquiries about who got who for [...]

We’ve been good, here’s our list…

& remember, we don’t power with coal. Yey! We’ve updated our donate page & added an Amazon wishlist! Scroll to bottom for more info and options regarding donations. Amazon.com Widgets note- don’t see the wishlist? Enable “ads” on your browser. Money does not grow on trees, but it can help plant them! If you’ve got [...]

Spring 2011 Planting Calendar

note- this calendar is mostly thanks to Skippy’s Garden Calendar (customizable), with a number of rarer additions, such as orach and butterfly weed (thanks Sean Dembrosky!).  The customizable calendar will ask you for your last frost date, which might vary from ours here in zone 5b. You won’t need to know your zone, but will [...]

Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant Award 2011

Many thanks to Sustainable Tompkins for awarding us a Neighborhood Mini-Grant for the second year in a row!  This year the $750 award will fund the conversion of our Lister generator from running on diesel to running on waste cooking oil and bio-diesel.  Currently, the Lister provides us with electricity and hot water.  It also [...]

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