Demand Grows for Shiitake Mushrooms

Lucas Jackson and Maeve Mangine shifted plans for a farm centered on a goat dairy after taking a workshop in growing shiitake mushrooms. All it took was logs from their land, mushroom spawn and their labor.

Now they’re selling the spongy rich mushrooms to several Vermont restaurants and a food cooperative and through a community supported agriculture farm. This season, they expect to produce about 500 pounds of mushrooms, which retail for as much as $16 a pound.

via Demand Grows for Shiitake Mushrooms.

Startup in Palestine launches crowdfunding campaign for rooftop farming in refugee camps | Wamda.com

Now working in the West Bank, Refutrees hopes to end refugee reliance on institutions like UNRWA by training current refugees in the modern techniques of urban agriculture, not only to provide immediate nutrition, but also to educate the community in the longer term and reconnect a young generation to the memory of its ancestral lands.

To do so, Refutrees’ mission is three-fold: Roof-top gardens will provide fresh, organic produce and outdoor activity for a largely unemployed population; internships and courses will connect community members to international experts on urban agriculture and recycling; and an Eco-Art Palestine initiative will use recycled material to create safe play spaces for children used to more desolate landscapes.

via Startup in Palestine launches crowdfunding campaign for rooftop farming in refugee camps | Wamda.com.