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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Most people don't know this, but I worked on a mushroom farm for a time. It's what I was doing instead of attending my Grade 12 graduation (I have a perfect record of never having attended any of my graduation ceremonies). My brother worked at the same farm for something like 32 years before being unceremoniously laid off. Jerks. So anyhow, I have an affinity for mushroom workers. And I have a sense of the value of mushroom farming, and also some of the complexity of it, including the importance to things like sterilization. This article (14 page PDF) sits nicely at the intersection of technology, education and development as it studies a Life Long Learning for Farmers (L3F) Programme in Sri Lanka. It shows how the program improved mushroom farming along a number of dimensions, ultimately benefiting the farmers themselves by increasing yields and productivity.

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