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Snowed in on campus one Friday afternoon, Chris Weller (’13) was thinking about fresh fruit. Specifically, he was thinking about the UMass Permaculture Initiative, a pioneering project with extensive campus gardens and orchards. He wondered if a project like it would work at UT. The climate is good and the campus is large enough. In his notebook, Weller wrote the words “Big Orange Orchard.” Continue reading

How to Make a Mushroom Log

From shitakes to portabellas, mushrooms are a culinary delicacy enjoyed around the world. Not only are they popular with cooks, but they’re also simple to grow and harvest at home. Bob Hess (’00), owner of Everything Mushroom in Knoxville, offers this how-to on cultivating your very own mushrooms. Continue reading