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International Year of Forests (January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Ken Stuart

Arnot Teaching and Research Forest

Ken Stuart

Agroforestry Experiment

Near Harford, upstate New York, USA

November 20, 2011, early afternoon local time (-5 GMT)

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A warm November allowed us to start our latest homesteading adventure: agroforestry... in this case growing shiitake mushrooms.

Our own plot of forest includes numerous hardwoods, which are preferred by the mushroom spawn that gets injected into holes drilled into freshly cut trees.

The scene shows a number of bolts (short tree segments) cut to length, drilled, injected, and sealed with beeswax. Our two daughters usually work alongside us, as here, when we take on these types of projects.

After the logs with mushroom spawn age for about 18 months, we can immerse them in water for day and then, a week later, pick off mushrooms to enjoy ourselves or sell as we can.

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Equipment

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 10.5mm lens on a Nodal Ninja pano head and monopod. Stitched with PTGui and edited in Photoshop.

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