Every Acre Counts

Agribusiness, Agritech, Regenerative Agriculture, Agriculture Investments Worth $47.5bn… what does it all mean, and how do small and medium farms participate?

The WakWay Farm is determined to break it down and help not only current farmers, but future farmers, and inner-city farmers understand the basics of farming and making every acre count.  The WakWay Farms will launch a curriculum that covers the ever-new market of protein-based entomology, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, and permaculture.

Class curriculums for teachers will not only be online for downloading, but WakWay Farms will have duel enrollment for the secondary education, volunteer hours during the summer for college credits, week-long curriculums taught in a treehouse collaboratorium by visiting professors, and accreditation classes available.  Other topics the WakWay Farms will be adding are Agribusiness, AgriEntrepreneur, and more.  Check our site regularly to see when classes start.


 

 

Permaculture

If you ask Merriam-Webster the definition of permaculture: an agricultural system or method that seeks to integrate human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems.
If you ask Don Wakamatsu, permaculture is a Japanese farmer and philosopher named Masanobu Fukuoka, who has had a significant influence on the farming technique.

Fukuoka writes about his philosophy and the Four Principles of Natural Farming: no cultivation, no chemical fertilizer or prepared compost, no weeding by tillage and herbicides, and no dependence on chemicals.

Fukuoka called it "do-nothing, natural farming,” with his methods require less labor, but resulting in higher yields for the farm.

WakWay Farms has worked closely with Andrew Millison from OSU, to consider soil profile, water access, frost pockets, sun, winds, climate, old growth, and other data to create one of the top permaculture farms in the area.  Follow the video's of the WakWay Farms adventure as it moves into a permaculture show farm.

 
 

GreenHouses

Aquaponics: Exchanging the waste by-product from the fish as a food for the bacteria, to be converted into a perfect fertilizer for the plants, to return the water in a clean and safe form to the fish.

With Murat Kacira, UofA Professor, Biosystems Engineering, whose research has involved the areas of greenhouse and plant energy balance studies, plant growth and design, development of continuous plant monitoring systems, and instrumentation, optimization of greenhouses, The WakWay Farms will showcase under his direction, three controlled grows:

 

Aeroponics:  Is a board with holes drilled equidistantly apart. After plants germinate from seed in a soilless medium, they're transplanted to the board. As the plant grows, the upper parts of the plant (the crown) grow above the board, while the roots are left to dangle below.

Hydroponics: Is a method of growing plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution. The root system is supported using an inert medium which allows the plant's roots to come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while also having access to oxygen, which is essential for proper growth.

Entomology

The Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona has an internationally renowned faculty dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and extension and has been generating, synthesizing, and disseminating knowledge about insects for more than a century.

So, of course, the WakWay Farms partnered with UofA to research the value of this protein, led by  Goggy Davidowitz, Professor and University Distinguished Scholar, in the Department of Entomology.  With the ever-growing $8 billion plant-based protein industry, we thought it would be interesting to add crickets and bugs as edible insect protein sources to the WakWay Farms mix. Take a look at the cricket protein value comparison. We were surprised too.

       Nutrious                                 Sustainable

More Iron then Spinach                            Grows 13x Faster

More Calcium then Milk                           Drink 2000x Less Water

Double the Protien vs. Beef                      Consume 12x Less Feed

More B12 than Samon or Beef                  Requires 2000x Land

9x more Omega's than Wild Samon        Emits 100x Less Greenhouse Gases

 

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