Permaculture Design Certification Project
with Andrew Faust
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
In October of 2016 I decided to finally dive into some formal agriculture training to pair with my background in illustration & design. Under the guidance of Andrew Faust, I created a project that was centered around creating a co-op of farms within the New York State Parks system that would provide locally grown goods to not only their sister farms but the surrounding community.
Caleb Smith State Park attempted to start a farm but due to it’s large deer population it failed to take off. Taking advantage of the surrounding woodlands and with my love for all things fungi, my project focused on how this land could be utilized in a way to provide primarily fungi/zero waste products that could be sold at CSA Farms and local restaurants on the North Shore of Long Island.
In an attempt to demonstrate the possibilities of how this project could be transferred from paper to reality I started Mighty Mighty Mushroom, a small farm project. The first site of MMM is located on a small area near the BCA CSA Farm where I laid 50 lbs of King Stropharia mushroom mycelium with the help of several CSA members.
Drawing / Proposal: Pencil, Paper, Photoshop
Growing Area: Discarded Cardboard, Hard & Soft Wood chips & Stumps, Spent Coffee Grounds, Mycelium, Water