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Tapping into the Land: Course offers hands-on experience making and selling natural products

The course Natural Resources and Ecology: Farming the Forest taught by Professor Jason Hamilton has gotten press in the Ithacan on March 23, 2011. This course offers students the chance to not only produce their own maple syrup but also produce, market and sell mushrooms and honey. Taught by Jason Hamilton, associate professor of environmental studies and science, the course has only been around this semester, but variations have existed for more than five years. Students in the class begin their class work indoors, growing oyster mushrooms. In February and March, students tap, boil and produce their own maple syrup. As the weather warms, students this semester will begin to grow shiitake mushrooms outdoors and build beehives for beekeeping and honey production. Most all of the products grown by the students are then marketed and sold based on current prices. Hamilton said besides the practical knowledge of growing and marketing, he hopes students will take away a deeper understanding of how to use resources around them later in life.

For more information speak with Jason Hamilton or visit the class blog www.icntfp.blogspot.com.



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