D Acres was founded in 1997. The mission of the organization is to function as an educational center that researches, applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming. Striving to improve the human relationship to the environment, the center functions as a demonstration farm to role model exemplars of healthy living. Sharing a communal living situation, individuals come to respect and share values of interdependence and love of nature. In addition, the organization supports educational activities directed toward improving the quality of life of residents and the larger community.
The name of the farm was created to respectfully acknowledge the gift of the land. Aunt Edith and uncle Delbert moved to Dorchester in 1948. They provided a tradition of living and working with the land. Edith taught early American decorative painting and was an accomplished artist and crafter. Deb worked in blacksmithing, woodworking, animal husbandry and gardening for food.