Eugene | Oregon
September 15-19th | 2014
5-Day Hands-On Course
Food and Camping Included
Join us in Eugene, Oregon to learn the practices and theories of working with Mushrooms and other Fungi to heal toxic soils, filter water, restore ecosystems, and empower communities.
Themes of the Week:
- Laboratory Introduction, Set-Up, and Advanced Skills
- Experimental Design Planning and Testing
- Introduction to Chemical and Heavy Metal Toxicity of Soil, Water, and the Human Body
- Sampling and Interpreting data for Soil and Water Quality testing
- Land Reading and Site History Development
- Grassroots Approaches and Industrial Remediation Methods
- Screening Fungi for Chemical Degradation Capabilities
- Building and Testing Mycelium Water Filtration Units
- Anti-Desertification and Heavy Metal Sequestration Techniques with Mycorrhizae
- Liquid Culture Reactors for BioDegredation
- Organic Pesticide Development with Fungi
- Ecological Restoration of Damaged Landscapes Partnering with Plants
- Case Histories of Land and Water Remediation projects
- Project Planning, Collaborative Approaches, and working with Municipalities
- Growing Restorative Fungi for Resilient Ecosystems
- Social and Community outreach and Impact
- Medicinal Mushrooms and Self Care
This is not just an overview: we will be cultivating fungi from start to finish, with a wide variety of species at various stages of development, and we will perform every step of project design.
Activities at locations around Eugene, Oregon
FertiLab: Fungi For the People’s Research Laboratory and Lab classroom is part of a larger collaborative working laboratory called FertiLab Thinkubator where we team up with other scientists for chemical analysis and experimental design collaboration. Other projects developing here are soil nitrate testing by SupraSensor, nematode research by NemaMetrix, and GMO Screening development and disease detection research by BTBiotech. You will have opportunities to engage these other project leaders about their work as well.
Urban Mushroom Homestead: Larger sized projects and mushroom growing developments happen at our acre home property in Eugene. We will be spending time here with building up projects as well as working with plants and
mycorrhizal fungi. This is where camping sites are available along our seasonal creek.
Projects that we will engage with during the Course:
- Municipal Stormwater Filtration Project, Springfield, Oregon (Site Visit)
- Bicycle Shop Grease Remediation Project, Eugene, Oregon (Site Visit)
- Mine Tailings Site Restoration Project, Telluride. Colorado (Video Tour and Project Break-Down)
- Mycelium Insulation, Filters, and Structural Materials, Urban Mushroom Homestead, Eugene, Oregon
Ja Schindler is a writer, mushroom cultivator, gardener, intrepid independent researcher,
teacher, community organizer, environmental and food justice activist. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, his concerns in post-industrial urban renewal, food security, and environmental awareness developed into a fierce affinity for bioremediation and fungi, now 12 years in development.
Ja is the founder and director of Fungi For The People, a non-profit organization with the mission to help build resilient and ecologically enhanced communities. Since 2011, more than 2,000 people from all over the world have joined their hands-on course.
From his research lab and mushroom homestead in Eugene, Oregon, Ja is cultivating a diversity of projects to support citizen science and ecological restoration.
As part of the Mushroom Cultivation Design Center, he is producing cultivation supplies and mushroom extracts while maintaining a culture library of over 200 mushroom species. Other ongoing projects include developing an open-source mushroom spore bank; mycelium stormwater filtration research with Oregon municipalities; mycelium natural building projects with Aprovecho Research Center; mushroom Food Forest designs; and progressing natural technologies.
Other Projects and Trainings:
- Princeton Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Training
- University of Florida – Arbuscular Mycorrhizae Training
- 300+ hours of EPA Remediation Seminar study
- MycoRemediation Course co-instructor for 2013 Telluride Mushroom Festival
- BioRemediation co-instructor with Leila Darwish, August 2013
The daily classes are held in a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. Many of the sessions are hands-on, with power-point assisted lectures throughout the week. MycoRemediation is a mix of very clean and very messy activities, and we will be teaching in a variety of spaces including a professional laboratory, urban mushroom farm homestead, community garden, urban water municipality sites, and indoor classroom.
Every process and activity is presented for you to engage with as much as you wish, with emphasis on helping you develop skills and understanding.
Course size is kept fairly small (18 people) to ensure that everyone can participate in every stage and be able to have any questions addressed. Typically we have guests who travel from all over the US and Canada, and frequently from as far away as Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, so expect to learn a lot from the diversity of unique people who will also be joining. We will have a French interpreter on staff for this course as well.
This Course Also Includes:
200+ Page Workbook: Details on a variety of techniques and vital course notes, glossary of terms, and technical references.
Earth Repair the book, by Leila Darwish:
We will be drawing some insights and information on grassroots remediation from this empowering book, and you will be provided with your own copy in the course.
Mushroom Spawn: You will get to choose 5+ species of
edible, medicinal, and mycoremediation research fungi to leave with!
Wholesome Meals: Lunch and Dinner will be provided daily, and is included in the price. Vegetarian and Gluten Free diets are accommodated for, and most of the food is grown right here in Oregon, with Gourmet Mushrooms and Medicinal Mushroom Teas.
Free Tent Camping On-Site: Tent camping is encouraged along the seasonal creek on our 1 acre property here in Eugene, Oregon. A shared outdoor camp kitchen is available for your convenience, with bathroom and shower available for use in the main house. September is a warm and usually dry month here in Eugene, but you should always be ready for rain as well.
Off-site Lodging: The course is located within short distance to a variety of accommodations in the city of Eugene, at your cost and arrangement.
Tent camping space on-site is free and encouraged. Local accommodations can be booked at these suggested Eugene locations, all of which are a short driving or easy biking distance to the Event sites:
9:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday – Friday with Lunch from 1-2pm
Additional evening presentations and open laboratory hours are optional (but strongly encouraged!)
Course registration includes:
- All course Fees and Materials
- Mushroom Starter Cultures
- 200+ Page Course Manual plus Earth Repair the book, by Leila Darwish
- Lunch and Dinner
- Tent camping option on-site
Registration USD $ 650
This course is now Full and registration is Closed.
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This course is intended to be an empowering introduction to Bioremediation with Fungi.
No prior training or experience is required, just an interest in remediation potentials of fungi and a willingness to learn.
If you are new to working with mushroom cultivation and fungi we highly recommend also taking our Mushroom Cultivation Design Course scheduled for the week before this course on the same site, September 8-12th. More information HERE
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