New England Acorn Cooperative

A Gathering Place for the Acorn Community

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2017 Acorn Dinners, Birthdays & Breakfasts

Much love to current and new Cooperative Friends who started 2017 with wonderful acorn food based gatherings, dinners, birthdays and breakfasts – and are working to create more  community education opportunities and resources… Recipes to follow (soon)!

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2017 NOFA Winter Conference Workshop, thanks!

Belated and BIG thanks to acorn aficionado Myles Greene for this expert and enthusiastic acorn processing workshop at the 2017  NOFA Winter Conference in January:

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Dispelling Myths of the Acorn: From Tree to Table
Ever think to yourself, “I wish I could eat all those acorns littered on the ground?” Learn about North America’s most under-utilized wild food, how and when to harvest, and most importantly, how to process the acorn in this workshop. This workshop will be a combination of introductory lecture and hands-on: We will utilize ancestral and modern methods to process acorns.
Myles Green – Forager, beekeeper, gardener

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Myles has delivered educational programs and workshops to young folks for years  and is working with the Cooperative to develop curriculum for middle school students.  He also makes an amazing acorn banana bread!

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The Longest Night…

…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.

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Come see Seed: The Untold Story

We missed the needed number to bring this to Hingham December 5th :-(… YET, here’s another chance to see it Thursday February 9th at 7:30pm  in Hanover, MA –  if you help Norwell Farms efforts to book it  by visiting  http://bit.ly/2dArEks  (link to Gathr Films)  & reserve a seat today!

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SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy.

THEATRE LOCATION: 

Hanover Mall Cinemas 10
1775 Washington Street
Hanover, MA 02339

For Good Nuts Sakes!

Thank you to all who participated in the acorn gathering walk  at the Cabot Bradley estate on National Nut Day, and to the lovely Danielle for capturing great images of the intrepid gatherers out in the rain, doing an acorn float test, and discussing the health and wealth of the oak ecology in these parts with Tim, the Acorn Arborist.
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Test driving a New England Acorn Cooperative “acorn weasel”  (behind Tim).

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The “Float Test” process (and customized Acorn Gathering head gear).

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More Acorn information, demonstration, and inspiration than you can shake a stick at.

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Recipes will be shared with the participants through the Trustees :-)

Thank you everyone for Joining Us!

 

 

What is a “good” acorn?

Always glad to see friends, especially when they are toting 200 lbs of nuts!

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Tim and Danielle have already amassed a nice cache of tree corns and we spent the day sorting, swapping stories,  and doing an inventory of NEACooperative equipment.

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We also ran a float test of their most recent haul…nice fat reds!

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DON’T MISS an opportunity this coming Saturday – October 22nd  to walk with Tim  at the Bradley Estate in Canton and talk about the New England Oak tree ecology we are so lucky to have.

Tim will  be sharing well-considered techniques and tools for finding and gathering “acorn-ocopia” of good eating acorns. You’ll be primed to bring an ancient and powerful nutrition to your table this season, picked by your own hand.

REGISTER at the Trustees website. See you there!

 

 

 

Acorn Gathering

Rainy day today, time to catch up a little on the blur of recent sunny days!

 

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acorn scouting…

 

 

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new gathering friends…

 

 

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new variety of acorns… (anybody recognize these?)

Want to join the party? Learn where to look for the best acorns, and how to tell the good from the bad! Join us October 22nd at the Bradley Estate in Canton for an Acorn Walk with Arborist Tim Ryan.

Registration t the Trustees website.

 

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Hello Harvestin’ Howard!

We got a delicious treat this week when Harvestin’ Howard shared a batch of his amazing Acorn Sunflower Chips.
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Earthy brown, crisp and savory, they held salsa and cheese with ease, the nutty flavor smoothly coming through whatever we loaded it with (though I liked them plain – just to savor the acorn).

Howard has an interesting history with acorns (and other “wild” foods and animals) that includes comics and werewolves (I’ll let you google on that). He is gifted and generous with his knowledge and experience.  Unfortunately (for us) these chips are no longer on the market, though you may be able to barter… Cookies are in the works for this batch. Thank you Howard!!fullsizerender-2

 

Kudos Deb!

When technology wood, she wins!  So pleased that my amazing friend’s image was selected as the winner of the hand hide photo contest, bravo Deb! You continue to inspire me to look at things in a new way xoxXO  See @houseofswiss Instagram or  House of Swiss website for more…

Acorn Gathering Walk on National Nut Day

Come for a walk at the Trustees of the Reservation’s Bradley Estate on Saturday October 22 (National Nut Day!) and collect a food that spans human history – acorns, from our mighty oaks! We will identify, gather, and talk about how to store food grade acorns.

New England Acorn Cooperative member and arborist Tim Ryan will guide the walk and discussion of the ecology and health of the New England Oak/forest, and impact for wildlife of human harvest of this crop. Registration through the Trustees.

Acorn processing (hulling, leaching, milling) workshop on Monday October 24th National Food Day.

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