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…
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Clues: Height 4cm, Width: 4cm
Spore color: Pale pinkish white
Habitat: Scattered under conifers, winter through spring in the North West
Edibility: Edible, and smells of anise very strongly. Best dried and used as a flour in baking.
First person to guess to the SPECIES gets $20 off a workshop of their choice, GO!
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…