New England Acorn Cooperative

A Gathering Place for the Acorn Community

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Community acorn equipment to share, foods, and thanks.

It’s a hard nut to crack! That is why one of the Cooperative’s goals is to acquire, care for and share labor-saving equipment for some stages of acorn processing. At this stage, it’s cracking!

Next Sunday (12/2)  at the 2nd Annual Acorn Festival at D Acres – is also an opportunity for anyone to bring acorns that need cracking and use the Cooperative’s  DaveBuilt nutcracker – FREE!

Please message the Cooperative on FB  to schedule a time slot to process your acorns while you sample savory and sweet acorn recipes, vote on acorn art submissions, enter for raffle prizes,  play acorn games, and join the treasure hunt for a golden acorn! Participation is free, please register so we know how much food to prepare, thanks!

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2nd Annual New England Acorn Festival

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ACORN FESTIVAL TICKETS

 

Calling all Acorn aficionados, enthusiasts and oak-nut neophytes – its time to celebrate the fall of them in New England! Join us at D Acres in NH to share acorn lore, food, and FUN. Sunday’s activities will include acorn arts and crafts and acorn food/recipes,  acorn art, contests and demonstrations of acorn gathering and how to process for human consumption. Make a day of it! (call ahead to) COME at 10AM FOR D ACRES ALL YOU SHOULD EAT FARM FEAST BREAKFAST 

The 2018 Acorn Festival opens at 1PM with an acorn walk through beautiful paths of D Acres. Topics of discussion will include New England Oak Ecology and the practically universal cultural heritage of eating acorns. We’ll identify how to tell a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently, and what “a light footprint” means.

1:00-3:00 PM Arts and Crafts table for kids and inside demonstrations of acorn processing and storage methods, using equipment found in most households.

3:00 PM Contest Submission deadline and Treasure Hunt

3:30 PM Prizes awarded

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather (gloves, rain-coat, etc). We’ll have plenty of acorns to work with, but you are welcome to bring acorns you have gathered elsewhere. The Cooperative offers the use of the Davebilt nutcracker to the community.  Been inspired? You can bring a submission for one or all of the acorn contests (see categories below).

Contest submissions may be entered on the day (12/2/18), and will be voted on by the day’s participants.

PRIZES will be awarded for:

  • The Biggest Acorn / Smallest Acorn
  • Acorn drawing / photo (please bring in frame that can stand on table)
  • Acorn poem / song (please bring typed copy for perusal by participants)
  • Acorn sculpture or collage
  • Acorn recipe (please print instructions for your creation AND bring cooked sweet or savory dish that can be sampled by judges)

Workshop Wonders & Thanks

What a great couple of weeks of acorn workshops! Good folks at the Easton Foodie Group, Freedom Food Farm and D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead got cracking & worked through a goodly portion of our”demo” acorns (pictures below).

Thanks to a very generous donation, we’ve got plenty of acorns to work with tomorrow at our last workshop this month with the Boston Food Forest Coalition. Join us, or come by after if you have acorns to crack, the Cooperative is making the Davebuilt available to anyone who would like to use it after the workshop too. Contact us about other opportunities.

Whats in your pocket?

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Its good luck to carry an acorn in your pocket!

Save the Date: Sunday December 2nd!

Join us for the 2nd annual New England Acorn Cooperative Festivaldetails soon!

 

Freedom Food Farm Acorn Workshop

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D Acres Acorn Workshop

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Easton Foodie Group

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Thank you to everyone who came and shared!

Preparing and Cooking Acorns with the Boston Food Forest Coalition

Our next workshop – Sunday October 21st – with the Boston Food Forest Coalition takes the next step and includes cooking with freshly made acorn flour! Join us from 1PM to 4PM at the Hawthorne Youth & Community Center Inc: 9 Fulda St, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

Activities will include demonstration of steps from gathering and cracking acorns, leaching, drying and making flour with tools found in most kitchens. Then hands on cooking: acorn coffee, acorn cookies and acorn pudding.

Spaces are limited, reserve yours through the Boston Food Forest Coalition’s website or Eventbrite.  Donations to BFFC cover the cost of materials and ingredients and are greatly appreciated!IMG_8972

Got Acorns?

Fall newsletter is in the works – new oak folks and resources to talk about :-) Bless those with time to write – and those who have shared stories and stores from last season: thanks to Tim, Dani, Myles and Nancy – this fall’s acorn processing workshops have seasoned nuts to demo (and make cookies from).

Our baskets are beginning to fill this month, but are still pretty green – the bakers racks and perforated pans donated last year are a dream for drying.  The Cooperative can always use more AND dry room to store (if you have space).  Got acorns? Got space? Send us a picture! Get in touch :-)

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Meantime, in between fall workshops – The FIRST New England Acorn Cooperative Community Cracking is scheduled for October 21, 2018.  Following an acorn processing workshop with the Boston Food Forest Coalition, the Cooperative will make our “DaveBuilt” nut cracker available to the acorn gathering community to get cracking  (we can even arrange to supply muscle if needed). Please message the Cooperative on FB to reserve a time slot. There will also be a TBD November Community Cracking date. Stay tuned – and join us for an October workshop.

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Happy nut hunting!

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Cheers,

Ana, Deb, Jesse & Daniela

OAK everybody, come learn how to make acorn flour – it’s fun!

Acorns are coming & we want to share safe and simple ways to process them into  delicious foods and beverages!

Join us Sunday September 2nd 1PM at beautiful D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead for gathering walk and processing workshop.

Come early to explore, the fabulous “All You Should Eat” Farm breakfast starts at 10am!

TO REGISTER: Call 603-786-2366 & save your seatSee you there!

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Acorn Festival Fun at D Acres!

Once in a blue moon, we post something so late…its almost not OaK: Belated and BIG THANKS to awesome hosts and participants of the 1st Annual Acorn Festival at D Acres Permaculture Farm & Homestead December 2017.

After the fantastic Farm Feast breakfast,  the mighty acorn was celebrated from soup to nuts with a gathering walk, processing tools & demonstrations, acorn dishes & oak’d drinks to sample, and recipes to review:  it was a celebration to re-new appreciation for an ancient food.  

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Our walk around the local oaks to discuss judging a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently, and considerations for care in the areas one gathers from –  confirmed that wildlife had thoroughly gleaned this harvest at D Acres! Fortunately, we had acorns from the Commonwealth, Maine, and Vermont in tow…

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So we were soon back in the beautifully warm D Acres kitchen space for hands-on experience with the “float test” (sorting good from bad),  cleaning, and cracking open the acorns with hammers, stones, and the DaveBuilt nut-cracker…

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Then we had cookies!

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And bread, and pudding.  Acorn books and recipes were perused, contests were won for largest and smallest acorns and art. See the Resource Page for the presentation/how to.

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It was nuts, and good fun – thank you EVERY ONE!

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We look forward to new friends and recipes at the table for the 2nd annual  ACORN FESTIVAL at D ACRES, following the fabulous Farm Feast…  Meantime, may your 2018 be full of good people and nuts!

xox Deb & Daniela

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btw, was fueled back to the Commonwealth by the best cup of brewed beans to be found around – don’t miss a chance to check out Lucky’s Coffee Garage on the green in Lebanon on your way to or from D Acres!

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Happy Arbor Day & New Moon to all you Nutty Buddies

If you can’t plant a tree, at least go out and hug one – they literally make it possible for us to breathe – among other things.

Thanks to Bill Whipple, Tom Celona and the folks of the Nutty Buddy Collective, the New England Acorn Cooperative has 18 special oak saplings to plant this spring. If all goes well, they will be producing acorns the size of golfballs in a couple decades.

In honor of Arbor Day, two of these special oaks are going to the Eleanor Bradley Estate to be planted as part of an educational walk on the grounds tomorrow with Tim Ryan and Danielle McDonald. The rest are shared out to cooperative members throughout New England, along with a plethora of acorns collected and shared by Trustees Horticulturalist of the Ames and Bradley Estates Jeff Thompson –  thank you Jeff!

Permaculture students of one field or another, we are following suggestions that it is also the “right” time (lunarly)  to plant ’em for the planet. Thanks to Myles Green and Alvin Kho for sorting nuts (and sharing acorn bread, fresh juice, and lovely yummy cheeses)  last week in preparation.

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“Between New Moon and Full Moon… you can plant any plant that produces fruit and seeds. In the orchard, plant trees. Planting by the moon phases Calendar for April 2017

Cycles of the moon have influenced planting historically in cultures all over the world… Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s writes:

“good design depends on a free and harmonious relationship to nature and people, in which careful observation and thoughtful interaction provide the design inspiration, repertoire and patterns.”
 

New moon also the time to plant ideas… What do you think?

Thoughts become things…get growing!

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Check out what the Nutty Buddies are up to with their Acornucopia project, indeed a go!

 

Celebrate Arbor Day – Plant an Oak!

Saturday April 29th 10am – noon.

Join New England Acorn Cooperative Educator and Massachusetts Certified Arborist Timothy Ryan in planting a special Oak sapling on the grounds of the Bradley Estate. Learn the benefits of planting a tree while we show you the proper way to plant and care for it during the first three years. We will also take a light hike through the grounds to learn the basics of identifying different species of trees and their part in the local ecosystem. Meet at 10am at the Main House and we’ll go from there. Dress for the weather!

Trustee Members $5 Non-members $10 Children FREE
508-636-4693 x 5003 bradley@thetrustees.org

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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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