…and pretty cold too, HAPPY SOLSTICE! A perfect time to catch up on all the news that is fit to print since the October Workshop.   Its been a busy and abundant  acorn harvest season.

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NUTS
Maine friends brought down many bags in early fall, Rusty Acorn Farm experienced an acorn mast year in New Hampshire, Oaklore in Vermont reported good gathering there  (though a short season), and the Commonwealth’s Cooperative members are still doing well, particularly around the ponds – where there are still some to be found. Tim one-upped us on the acorn weasel and is now driving an 18″ bag-a-nut ( making short work of nuts on lawns and pathways). He and Danielle also contributed drying racks  to the Coop, thank you both!

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EQUIPMENT
The Cooperative’s Acorn Flour Mill is in operation!  We were delighted and humbled by the outstanding support and service we received from C.S. Bell Co. (online and over the phone) to make the mill ready for acorn flour production.  They were knowledgeable,  thorough,  respectful of our budget, and had excellent suggestions for optimizing what we had. The mill  is our first industrial piece of equipment (& she is loud) and is available to members who have 50lbs or more of dried (leached or unleached) acorns that need milling. What a little workhorse she is, and what a great company to work with – thank you Dan and Kiki at C.S. Bell Co! We are happy, happy customers.

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NEW PEOPLE
More recently, through  meet-ups organized  by the Resilience Hub we’ve connected with new Maine and Massachusetts based acorn hunters, foragers, and food forest advocates. Thanks to Lisa and Elaine for opening and creating the opportunities, big ups to Evan Morgan for delicious Corn Acorn biscuits.

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MORE PEOPLE …and life changing loaves of acorn bread for  a potluck with  Boston Food Forest Coalition members.  These folks have and are doing amazing work in Boston neighborhoods – check them out!  So much to learn and share as the days grow longer now..

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Finally!  First batch of 2016 flour is milled and ready to send westward in thanks for Harvesting Howard’s Acorn Chips and Bye You Bug :-)!

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOP
Our newest Cooperative member Myles Green brought folks together for a jam (and turkey) packed Friendsgiving, centered around hulling an enormous and beautiful basket of acorns.

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Myles has been working with acorns for a number of years ( studied with Arthur Haines among others) and will be doing a workshop on acorn processing at the Northeast Organic Farming Association NOFA Winter Conference, January 14th. Registration is through NOFA.  More details will be posted on the Events page when the final schedule is set.

myles-acorn-workshopPeace and plenty.