At D-Acres in Dorchester staff and interns work on sustainable food production and education programs for the public. For Scott Codey, who arrived fresh from New York City, the work he does is about more than growing food.
Scott: Our role is as an educational institution where we essentially teach and learn about permaculture farming and community living. Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture, and the idea is to live with the land rather than live on the land. We really try to develop farming practices which mimic what’s going on in nature.
We do a ton of educational work; just a couple weeks ago I did a workshop for people on bread baking, so it’s sort of an exercise in me trying to perfect my own skills, teaching those skills as I learn them to people in the community, and then periodically also being able to sell that bread to the local community at a good price. It is a way of both looking at community, nature, and agriculture and seeing how these three pieces fit together, and I think that is an alternative model, an alternative way of thinking about the world, about producing food, about providing for our own basic needs and that’s really where its valuable.
When you’re able to step outside in the morning where its eighty degrees and beautiful and you get to think to yourself I get to spend the whole day outside farming and gardening, it’s hard to articulate for folks just how fulfilling that is. It doesn’t fit neatly into what we view as a conventional life, as a conventional stet of choices, but I can tell you its incredible rewarding.