The Spring 2014 Mushroom Cultivation Design Course is open!
We will be hosting the 3rd round of this amazing course at our new Mushroom School and Research Lab in Eugene, Oregon, we are so excited to share in our new facility, come check it out!
A full week of hands-on and ecologically appropriate mushroom cultivation! This is a deep introduction to community and small-medium scale mushroom growing for food, medicine, and resiliency. It will be hosted at Lost Valley Educational Center, a permaculture homestead paradise here in Oregon…
On Thursday August, 16 2012, At the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Co, Ja Schindler of Fungi For the People will be giving a presentation on Fungi as Toxic Avengers! It will be a look into some of the historical uses of Mycoremediation already in practice, as well as some fresh perspectives on ways to work with Fungi at home and at work to forge a more Environmentally sound lifestyle. The focus is on broadening our outlook on Mycoremedition beyond Oil Spills and Plastic Eating Mushrooms, into combating the more hidden toxic outputs we create in our daily lives at home, and through the work we do.
Also! my friend Maya of Radical Mycology will be giving an enlightening presentation on Mycoremediation and the Radical Mycology movement at the Wilkinson Public Library on Friday, August 17th, not to be missed!
-Here in Eugene we can easily get supplies of fresh Douglas Fir woodchips, but most folks would do well (or better) with fresh woodchips from hardwood trees such as Alder, Maple, BIrch, Cottonwood (Poplar), and other non-aromatic hardwoods.
-If your woodchips are dry, you should soak them for 12-24 hours in well or rain water (we were using rain water here)
-One of the most important things about King Stropharia bed placement is that there will be good close shade to the bed, and that the wind is very low. This greenhouse blocks the wind, and the variety of plants grow here will cover close to the path, which had previously just soaked up much of the excess water is a muddy trench. We now enjoy a spongy elevated walking surface, which holds the excess water nicely
-King Stropharia beds have been know to attract bees and control nematodes (as well as provide delicious mushrooms!)
Hello friends, fellow mycophiles, and fungal enthusiasts!
The Mycelial Network Collective is excited to officially announce plans for the 2nd ever Radical Mycology Convergence (RMC) and we want you to come! If you haven´t heard of the RMC before, you can read about first one (in 2011) at the link at the bottom of this email. Following up on the success of last year´s RMC we have hopes to expand the event this year to include even more events and we want you to participate!
Some interesting pics of fungi that I encountered on a recent trip to Eastern Oregon. The areas I visited were heavy in Ponerosa Pine and Madrone, much different than the Doug Fir and Hemlock of the Willamette Valley, so I was excited to be in foreign territory. There was still deep snow above 3,500 feet, so I made it almost to Sisters before getting into good hiking grounds. The area around Black Butte gave way to some interesting finds, more Earth Stars than I’ve ever seen before, and an abundant amount of White Cheese Polypore, an interestingly fragile mushroom that I’ve not seen too many times otherwise. There were also many Birds Nest fungi, and an assortment of Pezizas and Auricularias, take a look!
On Sunday (4/15) on my way back to Eugene I took an afternoon detour and went for a beautiful hike to Blue Pool. Along the way I was met with beautiful sights, fabulous fungi, and some friendly folks I’ve not seen in ages, couldn’t have picked a better stop. One of the great finds of the hike was an early spring fruiting of Chicken of the Woods, and since I make it a habit to keep what I call a Field Culturing kit with me, I was able to take some sample cultures which have started to grow and show promise! Look forward to this strain being available in my workshops, and dowel form for sale later down the road…
Tyromyces spp. An old fallen White Cheese Polypore beautiful…
Another Tyromyces, still clinging to burnt Pine (4 years ago)
Geastrum spp., likely triplex I was finding these Earthstars by the 1,000′s! a touch old for complete identification
a happy looking vertabrae…
Polyporus badius Liver-Brown Polypore
Bisporella citrina Lemon Cup
Fometopsis pinicola Red Belted Conk This is the biggest I’ve seen to date, 26 inches across!
Red Belts and Artist Conks on an old growth Doug Fir snag beautiful…
The Blue Pool !
New Culture of Laetiporus sulphureus Chicken of the Woods