Hand picking acorns is ideal for gentle impact on the land (no heavy machinery) ensuring the quality of the acorns selected for food (visual contact with the nuts rather than vacuuming them up), mindful harvest (always leaving gleanings for wildlife and species regeneration).

Hand-shelling acorns is another matter. We have happily used (and highly  recommend) Davebilt’s #43  Nutcracker . Capable of cracking hundreds of pounds of acorns a day (or as long as your arms can crank) and made by a really good guy. We make the Davebilt available for community use at the end of each acorn processing workshop.

The Cooperative’s vision includes both teaching people to process acorns using tools found in most kitchens AND acquiring machinery to share with folks who want to make more that a few pounds of flour a year at a time.

Below are examples of tools with greater capacity. If you would like to contribute to (and have use of) these tools,  please get in touch and let us know what you would like to do. Contributions of kitchen equipment and greenhouse material (dry, unheated space for dehydrating acorns)  are welcome. Monetary donations to support programming are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Our 501c3 number is 81-5023954

Commercial Nut Cracker


Commercial Leaching Tanks

Leaching Tanks

Commercial Dehydrator


Drying racks & Storage Units

Half Baker Rack & PansFull Baker Rack & Pans

Commercial Flour Mill ACQUIRED!

Flour Mill

Walk-in Cooler

Walk-in Cooler

Vacuum Packer

Vacuum Sealer




Your Contribution to the Cooperative is greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.
Our 501c3 number is 81-5023954