The New England Acorn Cooperative is a young and burgeoning network of acorn enthusiasts from New England and beyond. We hold workshops on processing acorns, provide equipment for acorn-enthusiasts to process their own harvests, host acorn and wild-food dinners, and act as a support and educational network for anyone interested in oaks and their beautiful fruits.
The New England Acorn Cooperative is a federally recognized educational 501c3.
We gladly accept donations of kitchen equipment, greenhouse materials and supplies, and monetary donations toward our Acorn Cooperative Resources Wish List. Your Contribution to greatly appreciated, and tax-deductible. Our 501c3 number is 81-5023954
The Cooperatives purpose is to provide education and resources for individuals and organizations interested in respectful, sustainable, acorn harvesting, processing and consumption, and to build long-term partnerships that are environmentally sound and economically fair between land-owners, preserved open spaces, wildlife, gatherers, processors and consumers of acorns.
Donations help us share knowledge and opportunities for everyone to participate in Acorn harvests and processing.
Funds and things donated support:
- Education and outreach to people of all ages and abilities.
- Acquisition and maintenance of equipment for communal use (acorn huller, acorn flour mill).
- Network of acorn enthusiasts, individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in acorn food products and permaculture principles.
- Advocacy for important food forest and environmental issues locally, regionally, and globally.
- Annual New England Acorn Cooperative Festival, dinners, and other acorn community related activities.
How We Started:
Founders Deb and Daniela grew up together in Aroostook County, Maine. Their work ethic and interests were formed by this agricultural community who’s rhythm was centered around autumn harvest, even the schools closed at harvest time (all hands needed). They have since lived and moved throughout the USA (and a few stints abroad) before coming to their respective homesteads in New Hampshire and Massachusetts where putting down roots literally included growing and gathering as much food as practical.
Having decided to incorporate acorns in their diets, research brought them to Marcie Mayer‘s acorn internship on the Greek island of Kea. Marcie founded the Acorn Hamada Initiative as a sustainable alternative to the destruction of Kea’s ancient oak forests – which were being cleared for various short-term economic gains. Marcie worked with Kea’s farmers’ and women’s cooperatives to remind the community of the oaks historical and current economic value as an annual cash crop for the island. Here’s what her project looks like today…. In 2015 Deb and Daniela were there to help bring in the harvest, learning how to process and store acorns with other interns from all over the world. So generous with her knowledge, encouragement and network, Marcie inspired the creation of the New England Acorn Cooperative: a project to rekindle people’s affiliation to this nearly universal ancestral bread basket, keystone species, and exploration of the innumerable connections to personal and societal health. “Cooperative” was deliberately selected for its ethos and organizational meaning.
Back home and continuing to develop their respective homesteads, Deb and Daniela were formally introduced to Permaculture Principles through design courses by The Resilience Hub in Maine and D Acres in New Hampshire. These two organizations continue to inspire, inform, and support the Cooperative’s work to return the acorn to the table, with life-changing conversations through each step of the process.
Flower from permacultureprinciples.com