Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program in Ithaca

Wellspring Forest FarmWellspring Forest Farm’s Summer Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program

http://apprenticeship.wellspringforestfarm.com/

Our agroforestry apprenticeship training program is designed to train participants in the art and science of forest ecology, and equip them with practical real-world skills and experience in forestry and forest farming. We focus on taking the time to support individual learning and skill building in this five-month experiential educational program.

“This program is a completely immersive experience into the world of agroforestry. Time spent cultivating mushrooms, learning proper chainsaw use, rotationally grazing sheep, and learning forestry principles left a profound impact on my life. I learned and grew more than I ever could have hoped.”  — Wyatt, 2016 Participant

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Radical Mycology and Mushroom Production on the TC3 Farm

Radical Mycology on the TC3 Farm and Upcoming Free Webinar
We have a lot of students that are interested in Mycology. In fact, you can see two capstone projects that our young mushroom lovers did at: http://tc3farm.com/index.php/2016/03/08/growing-gourmet-mushrooms-indoors-using-arduino/ and http://tc3farm.com/index.php/2016/02/05/sustainable-indoor-mushroom-cultivation-capstone/. Because of this interest, and because of the central role of fungi in soil health, plant health, and agroecology, we necessarily incorporate Mycology into our curriculum in a number of different places. The TC3 Farm is also ramping up its Shiitake log production this spring, and we will be doing a Shiitake production workshop on the Farm in a couple of months (stay tuned!). In fact, we see Mycology as central to everything we do on the farm.
 
Radical MycologyThe importance of Mycology within the food system goes beyond the potential role that mushrooms can play as a specialty cash crop in providing a healthy and delicious delicacy to restaurants and other customers. Mycology also has the potential to address some of the biggest and most pressing problems faced by the food system and the planet. This is where the idea of Radical Mycology comes in. According to it’s founders, “Radical Mycology is a grassroots movement and social philosophy based on accessibly teaching the importance of working with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience”. If you are interested in learning more about Radical Myclology, you can visit the website, or you can participate in a free upcoming webinar on fungal ecology and mushroom cultivation from the founder and author of the book Radical Mycology. Click “Read More” to learn more, including how to register.

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Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors Using Arduino

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Indoors: The Arduino Grow Chamber – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone – Aiden

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This is the Arduino

My project was an exploration into the world of fungus cultivation, specifically indoor production. I worked with a partner and mentor, Jordan E_____, in designing a system that could monitor itself, perform crucial actions automatically, and ultimately provide the fungus growing inside of it with the most ideal conditions for it to thrive. This was achieved with the help of a little microcontroller called Arduino. For those that are unfamiliar with microcontrollers, they can be thought of as a miniature computer that can be programmed to perform a wide variety of tasks. In this case, it interprets input from a temperature and humidity sensor and reacts accordingly, either turning on the heat mat underneath the chamber or turning on the humidifier. Fresh air exchange is achieved through the use of an air pump.

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