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Dacha Project – Excerpt from “EMPOWERED: Power from the People”

Laugh, cry, and marvel at how messy dacha land is. A group of amazing women make a movie and the Dacha Project is in it. If you haven’t seen it yet, check check it out. The clip below is all about us! See the whole thing and learn more about this ongoing project, and how [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Years Ago (a new segment): The First Video of the Dacha Project!!

Hey Kids, as I prepare something called a portfolio for art shul, I keep coming across old treasures (completely unfit for art shul portfolio of course), and here is one I’d like to share with all y’all dedicated to reading our blog (we love you a lot btw). Watch this video of heartfelt laughter + [...]

Slideshow: This Fall- It Was So Glorious I Couldn’t See

Here’s a  slideshow of The Dacha Project this fall.  Enjoy! Note- Play with music for increased joy.

Progress Report: West Side with Footers for the Addition

If you check for the previous photo of the week you will see almost the same view, but some things have changed. For one the wing wall has been knocked out to make room for the addition. The berm, which is the earth piled up behind the wing wall, has been removed. The area next [...]

Photo of Week: West Side

Recycled Wine Bottles Add Good Churchy Feeling

Visitors beware when you step inside the Dacha Haus you’ll see colors and glowing orbs.  While not quite the illumination of the divine, all hail the awesome sun as it catches the diffused color of all-dry-now wine bottles. Yes, after seeing many pictures on homestead blogs and in straw bale building books, we have joined [...]

Earth-bermed, passive solar Common House .vs. Snowmaggedon 2010

Before we forget how awesome the Dacha Haus Part One preformed in Winter ’10 here are a couple of photos of February.   They are also to remind this summer’s building crew that as we build  Dacha Haus Part Deux  a winter in the Southern Tier is no joke, but that we got it on [...]

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