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(inter)national Radical Mycology Convergence

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…


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2 Chicken of the Woods in 3 days!

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

Added by Caroline Woolard on June 18, 2010 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms from Grain Spawn

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

Added by Caroline Woolard on May 29, 2010 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Mycoscaping Workshop: Tuesday May 25th, 6pm

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

Added by Caroline Woolard on May 11, 2010 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Lightning really does make mushrooms multiply

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

Added by Caroline Woolard on April 13, 2010 at 7:05pm — No Comments

We're in Pittsburg for a workshop at CMU

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

Added by Caroline Woolard on April 11, 2010 at 10:54pm — No Comments

iLAND symposium: Lecture on Friday at 7pm, Mushroom Walk Saturday at 10am (the mushroom season is starting again)

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

Added by Caroline Woolard on March 25, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Humble:Humus (the soil grounds us)

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.

Added by Caroline Woolard on March 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Gary speaks Monday at Trade School in the LES

Gary kicks off this month-long educational project space...

Monday night, 6-8pm: Foraging for Mushrooms and Cultivating Surprise

WHERE: 139 Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side

WHEN: January 25th - February 28th


Grand Opening party Sunday January 24th from 7-10pm…


Added by Caroline Woolard on January 22, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

NYC Mushroom Illustrator


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Mushroom Dinner in Amsterdam

Beginning a mushroom project with Mediamatic? I hope!… Continue

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Added by Caroline Woolard on November 13, 2009 at 6:36am — 1 Comment


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

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Magic Mushrooms as Theraputic Agents

Here Clinical study at John Hopkins on psilocybin - 18 minute TEDx video.

Added by Caroline Woolard on November 11, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hair Soaks Up Oil Spills, Mushrooms Eat the Hair, Mushrooms Clean Up Oil Spills

Fungi (mushrooms) love hair and nails, and Fungi also like breaking molecular bonds: "The roots of mushrooms, called mycelium (, 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

Added by Caroline Woolard on October 22, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mushroom Cake

Added by Caroline Woolard on October 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A list of mushroom sitings in artworks

Here is a list without images!

Added by Caroline Woolard on October 19, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

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