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Permaculture Akron’s August Meetup at Purplebrown Farm

How to Grow Mushrooms

Story and photos by Scott Myers

Sasha Miller hosted Permaculture Akron’s August meet-up for an active demonstration of her Purplebrown Farm’s foray into growing edible mushrooms.

Shamelessly copying and pasting from Purplebrown’s Facebook page

“Purplebrown Farmstead joined the Countryside Initiative Program in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2016. Our approach is to apply an intensive permaculture design process to develop a long term vision for these 12 acres.  We are growing a resilient and productive food forest, including cider apples, diverse fruits & nuts, herbs, flowers, mushrooms, and livestock.  We are host community events throughout the year, focused on community, permaculture, education and recreation.”

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The Next Frontier Academy

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Story By Dorothy Markulis

John Hairston is boldly going where no man has gone before – at least, not in the Akron area, or for that matter, Ohio.

In September 2013 the educator founded the Next Frontier Academy featuring agricultural-based curriculum.

As a guidance counselor and high school history teacher, Hairston, 60, saw many students withdrawing from education.

“The students were more focused on their cell phones than learning in the classroom,” Hairston said. Continue reading

Gray Fox Farm strikes savvy balance between urban, rural agriculture

Story by Chris Miller courtesy of the Akronist

girlholdingchickenMeredith Poczontek, who owns the Gray Fox Farm 
in Hudson with her husband, uses social media to 
stay in touch with customers. (Photo: Shane Wynn)

Hudson couple practices suburban
farming with digital media footprint

Meredith Poczontek does not fit the traditional stereotype of a farmer. She’s young, upbeat, funny and, during a recent tour of the 14-acre Gray Fox Farm in Hudson — which she owns with her husband, John — she jokingly shares this piece of chicken sociology: “It’s like a junior high lunchroom every day in the chicken coop. The bottom of the pecking order is not a nice place to be.”

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