Radical Mycology book to be released February 2nd

Radical Mycology CoverAfter two years in the making, the book Radical Mycology is set to release February 2nd, 2016! Stay tuned for more info on how to order the book.

Pages: 600 pages
Book Art: Black and white illustrations and photographs throughout, color plate center section
Size: 8 x 10 inch
Pub. Date: February 2, 2016

Fungi are found throughout the world, often playing critical roles at the center of all ecological webs. As culturally important foods and medicines, as well as instigators of religious practices, they have been intimately tied to the development and spread of human societies. And yet, despite their numerous influences on the history of the world, fungi are completely disregarded by the majority of people today.

In 2006 Peter McCoy founded Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the many ways to work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. Nearly a decade later, McCoy has written Radical Mycology to share the wide array of skills and insights that have arisen from the organization’s international work to advance the science of appropriately applied mycology. Shattering commonly held beliefs on the value of the Fungal Queendom, Radical Mycology definitively explores the reasons that fungi should no longer be ignored but instead honored and embraced for the countless gifts they offer. The result is the most comprehensive book on mycology—the science of fungi—ever published.

Interwoven with short essays on the lessons of the fungi, Radial Mycology begins with chapters that explore the uniqueness of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles of micro and macro fungi, how to accurately identify mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi, the importance of lichens as medicines and indicators of environmental quality, and the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures. With this foundation laid, the reader is then equipped to work with the fungi directly. Techniques for making potent fungal medicines, growing fermenting fungi for food, and cheaply cultivating mushrooms using recycled tools (and yet still achieving lab-quality results) are explored in-depth. Subsequent chapters grow far beyond the limits of other books on mushrooms. Detailed information on the principles and practices of natural mushroom farming—largely influenced by the design system of permaculture—is presented along with extensive information on cultivating mycorrhizal fungi and the science of mycoremediation, the application of fungi to mitigate pollution in the environment and in our homes. The book ends with deeper insights into the social effects that fungi present from the reflection of mycelial networks in the design of whole societies to a rigorous examination of the history of psychoactive fungi.

Written for the beginner as well as the experienced mycologist, Radical Mycology is an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-Together) homesteading, community organizing, food security, natural medicine, grassroots bioremediation, and the evolution of human-fungal-ecological relations. More than just a book on mushrooms, Radical Mycology is a call to ally with the fungi in all efforts to spawn a healthier world. Heavily referenced and vibrantly illustrated by the author, this unprecedented book will undoubtedly remain a classic for generations to come.

A Weekend of Workshops in Victoria, BC – October 9-11, 2015

Untitled 12Join Radical Mycology Collective member Willoughby Arevalo this October for a series of fungal-focused classes in Victoria, B.C. All workshops are hosted by D.I.Y. Fungi in Victoria. For more info, see Upcoming Workshops & Presentations.

  • Friday, October 9 | 7 – 9 PM
    King Bolete Rules with an Iron Skillet: Mushroom Cooking for the Wild at Heart
  • Saturday, October 10 | 10 AM – 2 PM
    An Ecologically-Focused Mushroom Walk
  • Saturday, October 10 | 9 PM
    The Sex Life of Mushrooms – Lecture Performance
  • Sunday, October 11 | 11 AM – 1:00 PM
    Fruiting Embodied: an Adventure in Experiential Mycology

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Danielle at D.I.Y. Fungi to RVSP by emailing

Radical Mycology featured on Permaculture Tonight

Peter from Radical Mycology was recently interviewed on the podcast Permaculture Tonight hosted by author and teacher Matt Powers. Topics include fungi in the history of the earth and ancient cultures, updates on the Radical Mycology book, and the Secret Life of Fungi.

Mushroom Cultivation & Application Courses across the US

Tour BannerThis fall, Peter McCoy from the Radical Mycology Collective will be holding seven 3-day Mushroom Cultivation & Application Courses across the US. Covering the essential principles and practices of high yield mushroom production, these courses present the theory, art, and science of mushroom cultivation in a manner that is easy to understand and accessible for any budget, schedule, or scale.

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Nance Klehm & The Ground Rules

Radical Mycology is happy to announce the first in a series of interviews with grassroots activists, authors, thinkers, and bioremediators. In this first interview Peter from the Collective talks with Nance Klehm about her extensive history in working with soil, waste, social, and biological systems around the world. They also discuss her current project, The Ground Rules, a community action and research project in Chicago that proposes a timely and highly visible model to re-imagine the waste streams and biological infrastructures of a city. Process-focused and committed to observation, learning, and productivity, The Ground Rules is a living experiment in rediscovering the wealth we already possess as communities – and in coaxing its re-emergence into new being. To hear the interview click the image below.


Radical Mycology Announces the Mycelial Network & Unique Course Offering

Since the initial germination of Radical Mycology in 2006, one of the biggest goals of the project has always been to create stronger connections between amateur mycologists, activists, and grassroots bioremediators working to increase the health and resilience of their communities and environment. Over the years, the Radical Mycology Collective–an anchor point in the larger Radical Mycology movement–has strived to achieve this goal through a variety of means. With the creation and release of free media and educational videos, the group has offered simple and accessible methods for cultivating fungi for food, medicine, and the regeneration of damaged landscapes. By organizing three internationally attended Radical Mycology Convergences, the Collective has worked to build a greater sense of community amongst the many isolated pockets of mushroom cultivators and radical ecologists while simultaneously sharing the often inaccessible skills of working with fungi in a unique format. In the fall of 2014, the group went on a 3-month cross continent tour to share their knowledge and skills with over 40 different community groups and organizations. Along the way, the group discovered a strong desire amongst their collaborators and new friends to understand the fungi and integrate their gifts into the common struggle for finding better ways to live sustainably on the earth.

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Remediation Installation and Morning Circle at the 2014 Radical Mycology Convergence

In the months following their 2014 tour, the Radical Mycology Collective has worked to determine the best means for further uniting this grassroots network of myco-advocates and to fully reflect the desires of those that they met on the road. In the process, several new and exciting project ideas arose, many of which are set to be announced in the months to come. Today, the group is excited to liberate two of their latest spores for inspiring a more tightly knit web of earth workers and mycophiles.

The first new branch of the Radical Mycology project is one that has been subtly lying under the surface of the movement for the last 9 years: The Mycelial Network. Mimicking the decentralized distributive system of fungal mycelium, the Mycelial Network is a connection pathway for finding and working with mycologists, bioremediators, permaculturalists, food/water/soil/economic/health/spiritual/sexual/social/environmental justice advocates, and just about anybody else that identifies with the Network’s Mission Statement and Guiding Principles. The announcement of the Mycelial Network today signifies the first step in the development of this collaborative endeavor. All those that join the Network are welcomed to help refine and build upon the foundation laid in this initial phase as the project evolves.

Mycelial Network New

To incubate the rapid growth of the Mycelial Network, the Radical Mycology Collective is excited to announce the open registration for Recomposing Life, an unprecedented 3-day, donation-based course on the theory and skills needed to fully integrate fungi into social movements building resilience in their community. Unlike most courses on working with fungi, Recomposing Life is not just an introduction to growing mushrooms, it is a suggestive view into redefining ecological relationships and our role as humans in the lands that we inhabit. It is an offering to open alternative dialogues around what it possible in learning from the fungal kingdom. Building off the many skills and insights to be presented in the forthcoming book, Radical Mycology, this course will provide participants with a wide range of perspectives on working with fungi that have never been explored before. The Radical Mycology Collective invites all those interested in the course’s topics to apply.

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Radical Mycology featured on Foodline Radio

Radical Mycologist Willoughby Arevalo was recently interviewed for Foodline Radio, a program dedicated to food justice issues on Vancouver BC’s Coop Radio, CFRO 100.5FM. Topics covered include mushrooms as food, mushrooms as medicine, and growing mushrooms at home. The interview will be broadcast in three segments, Mondays April 20, April 27, and May 4 at 8:00 pm Pacific time. Listen live at or on their archive at



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