The Olympia Mycelial Network is happy to announce plans for the first (inter)national Radical Mycology Convergence. A fungi-human relations congress of sorts, this convergence will be a unique opportunity for humans to build stronger connections with our fungal allies. We hope to create space for inspiring discussions on the future of radical mycological efforts and their implications. Proposed workshops include Do-It-Yourself mushroom cultivation, mushroom identification, and… Continue
While I was away from the cemetery hunt, I went on my own mushroom hunt with Colin.... on foot and while biking.
On Sunday (biking from Salem to Lyme CT) and Tuesday (biking from Salem to Hartford CT today) we found Chicken of the Woods and a lot of Oysters and had a feast! We also went walking and found a beautiful hairy ruber cup, some crown tipped coral, white cheese, red russula, red-purplish russula, and a bunch of platterful… Continue
Rafter Sass showed us how easy it is to cultivate your own mushrooms!
Take Wood Chips/Straw/Natural Substrate (1 bale straw) soaked in water overnight (or mason's lime) and let it drain until it's spongey wet like good compost, then
mix the substrate with grain spawn (1lb) and pack it into cardboard boxes that are
taped shut and kept in a space 65-75 degrees. In 2 weeks, punch holes.
In 2 more weeks (or less?) you'll get… Continue
Even if you're an avid gardener - if you are only gardening plants, you're missing out! There is a whole other kingdom to explore - and eat. We can incorporate delicious, nutritious fungi in our veggie gardens, backyards, lawns, landscaping, balconies, and more... In this workshop, we'll explore the basics - and not-so-basics - of mushroom cultivation. We'll learn how to look at mushroom crops through a holistic, permaculture lens, and ﬁnd the niche in the landscape where they can perform… Continue
Japanese farming folklore has it that lightning makes mushrooms multiply, and new research supports the idea. Mushrooms form a staple part of the diet in Japan, and the fungi are in such high demand that around 50,000 tons are imported annually, so scientists have been experimenting with artificial lightning to see if it could increase the crop.
A four-year study carried out at Iwate University in northern Japan on ten species of mushroom (so far) has shown that for eight of the 10… Continue
If you're in PA, here's what we're up to:
Monday, April 12th:
4:30-5:30pm Presentation to the School of Drama
9-11am Intensive Workshop I –Theater Lab at Schenley Park Panther Hollow
1:30-4:20pm Intensive Workshop II – EcoArt Class
9:30-12:30 Intensive Workshop III – Park Panther Hollow
7-9pm Communal dinner/ wrap up—Waffle
Shop, East Liberty *ArtPark is located above Panther Hollow, a flat area off of Forbes Ave.… Continue
Please join Strataspore for a movement based lecture at 7pm on Friday and a performative walk through Chinatown on Saturday morning. We'll be hunting for mushrooms in shops and on the street. As Gary Lincoff walks and talks through medicinal and ornamental mushrooms, we will develop a correlation between his words and our movements, making meaning from movements and movements from meaning. If you're interested, please meet at 107 Suffolk (near Rivington) at 10am. We'll be on the move until… Continue
In John Ayto’s Word Origins, he says that humble literally means “close to the ground,” that humble is a derivative of humus meaning “earth” in Latin. Let's get closer to the ground! Let's hunt for mushrooms and put our eyes and faces and hands as close to the ground as possible! May humus help us risk humiliation and find freedom from pride and arrogance with every mushroom foray.
The first time the mushroom class was given at the
New School, many people signed up for it. The
registrar was alarmed, telephoned me and asked,
“Where shall we draw the line?” I said if more than
forty people were involved it might be difficult.
Something like that number registered for the
course, but when the field trips actually took
place, there were never more than twenty people in
the woods. Sometimes attendance dropped to a mere
dozen. I… Continue
Fungi (mushrooms) love hair and nails, and Fungi also like breaking molecular bonds: "The roots of mushrooms, called mycelium (http://www.fungi.com/info/sems/index.html), produce enzymes that unlock wood fibers, which are composed of strings of carbon-hydrogen molecules in the form of cellulose and lignin. Mushroom mycelium breaks the bonds, and then re-constructs the molecules into carbohydrates, fungal sugars,… Continue