Santa Fe, NM – Oct 16-18, 2015
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This October, join Radical Mycology founder Peter McCoy at the Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in Santa Fe, NM for a 2.5 day intensive on the art, science, and regenerative applications of mushroom cultivation.
This Mushroom Cultivation & Application Course covers the essential principles and practices of high yield mushroom production for all budgets. Starting with the fundamentals of cultivation, and progressively building in conceptual stages throughout the weekend, you will learn the empowering life skill of growing mushroom mycelium (spawn) and fruiting mushrooms in any environment. With an emphasis on the best techniques and tools that keep costs and complexity to a minimum, you will leave the course equipped to dive in to cultivating right away.
The approach Peter takes to working with fungi for food, medicine, and soil health not only teaches the skills of cultivation but also the concepts and principles that underlie them. By understanding both the how and why of cultivation, you will learn how to creatively adapt any project’s design to achieve consistently high yields in the home, garden, or on the farm.
Whether you are looking to grow your own edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use or start a mushroom farm, this course will cover the core skills needed to hit the ground running.
Topics Covered Include
Mushroom Cultivation Essentials
Insights into the fungal kingdom and the art & science of cultivation
Budgeting, planning & preparation to make things easy
Tool making and improvisation to keep things cheap
Aseptic (“sterile”) practice with agar, grains, compost, and wood-based substrates
The industry secret of liquid mushroom inoculum
Cultivation lab and fruiting environments design for home, farm, or community scale projects
Alternative, low-cost, and low-tech cultivation techniques and tools
Growing wild mushrooms
Mushroom Cultivation Applications
Medicinal mushroom processing for maximum potency
Outdoor mushroom garden design and installation
Fungal integration into various permaculture-inspired sustainable living systems
Mycoremediation design concepts
Fungal & plant relationships
Building soil health with Mycorrhizal fungi cultivation
Biochar & fungi
Wild mushroom identification
Resources & much more!
Sunday ends with hands-on outdoor installations
Species we will work with include:
Garden Giant (Stropharia rugoso-annulata) | Pearl Oyster (Pluerotus ostreatus)
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) | Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) | Elm Oyster (Hypsizgus ulmarius)
$250 before September 1
$275 after September 1
(Includes four mushroom cultures, 3 meals, and a 100-page workbook of the techniques covered)
Group, student, and low income discounts are available. The worktrade space for the course is full.
The instruction model Peter uses caters to all learning modes by offering a blend of visual presentation, live demonstration, and hands-on practice. For more information about Peter, you can read his bio here.
Feedback from past participants:
“I would recommend Peter’s course to anyone interested in gaining practical knowledge in the fascinating world of mushrooming and the practical way of growing your own food and medicine!” – John S. – Shelton, WA
“He’s a fantastic, intelligent, thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable mycologist and embodies the philosophy of food and health security through low-tech, do-it-yourself cultivation methods. I can’t recommend Radical Mycology and Peter’s work highly enough.” – Susan C. – Victoria, BC
“Even the experts are likely to find some real gems in his techniques, philosophy, and teaching style. Peter is one of the most authentically passionate people I have met, and it was an absolute pleasure to learn from him.” – Josh W. – Victoria, BC
“Peter’s course is filled with knowledge, understanding, and respect for mycology. He presented the information in an approachable, hands-on format that inspires one to go home and spread the mycelium.” – Michael W. – Portland, OR
“If you want to delve past cardboard and plug spawn into sterile culture, cloning, spores, etc, I would highly recommend Peter’s course” – Galen H. – Portland, OR