FARM-i-TUDE

Agribusiness, agritech, regenerative agriculture, agriculture investments worth $47.5 billion… 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 also future and inner-city farmers understand the basics of farming and how to make every acre count. The WakWay Farm will launch a curriculum that covers the ever-new markets 
of protein-based entomology, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, and permaculture.

Not only will The WakWay Farm have class curriculum online for teachers to download, we will also have dual enrollment for secondary education, volunteer hours during the summer for college credits, weeklong curriculum taught in a treehouse collaboratorium by visiting professors, and accreditation classes available. WakWay Farms will add additional courses like Agribusiness, AgriEntrepreneur, and more. Check our site regularly to see when classes start.

 

PERMACULTURE

If you ask Merriam-Webster the definition of permaculture, they'll say it's 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 farming techniques.

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.” His methods require less labor, but result in higher yields.

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


 

Drone Technology

As a growing technology in the agricultural industry, the WakWay Farm has created a certified drone program for FFA and other students. Once gone through our program, students will be able to hit the ground running flying drones and making every acre count. 

Agricultural drone is used to:  

  • Optimize Agriculture Operations 

  • Increase Crop Production

  • Monitor Crop Growth

  • Crop Yields and Farm efficiency

  • Irrigation Problems

  • Soil Variation

  • Pest and Fungal Infestations

Drone can survey the crops weekly, daily, or even hourly. Pictures showing the changes in the crops over time, thus showing possible “trouble spots”. Having identified these trouble spots can improve crop management and production.

Learn how Farm-i-tude is becoming a Covid-19 solution

 

Control Grow Technology

Under the direction of Murat Kacira, University of Arizona 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 the instrumentation and optimization of greenhouses – The WakWay Farms will showcase three controlled grows:

 

Aeroponics utilizes a board with holes drilled equidistantly apart. After plants germinate from seeds 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.

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

 

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 Farm partnered with U of A 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.

Nutrition                                          Sustainable

More iron than spinach                      Grows 13x faster
More calcium than milk                      Drinks 2,000x less water
Double the protein vs. beef                 Consumes 12x less feed
More B12 than salmon or beef            Requires 2,000x less land
9x more omegas than wild salmon       Emits 100x less greenhouse gases

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